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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed makes 'racist' remarks directed at South African batsman, netizens react

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed makes 'racist' remarks directed at South African batsman, netizens react

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Jan 2019, 12:01 pm

Islamabad, Jan 23 (IBNS): Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has triggered a controversy after was caught heard on camera making racist remarks directed at South African batsman Andile Phehlukwayo during a ODI match between the two sides.

South Africa beat Pakistan in the second ODI match of the tournament.

According to Dawn News report,  as South African batsman Andile Phehlukwayo got lucky despite playing a risky shot, a stump mic picked up Sarfraz saying: "Hey black [man], where is your mother sitting? What prayer did you get her to say for you today?" (Abay kaalay, teri ammi aaj kahan baitheen hain? Kya parhwa ke aya hai aaj tu?)

Shoaib Akhtar asks skipper to explain his comment:

Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was quick in responding to the event and tweeted: " Sarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman."

Netizens react:

One Sir Jadeja posted: "Hey @ICC, That's a gross racist remark by Pakistan Team's Captain Sarfraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo. Hope you'll take strict action against him. #SayNoToRacism #SAvPAK #PAKvSA."

Journalist Smita Prakash posted: "'Hey black [man], where is your mother sitting today? What [kind of prayer] did you ask her to say for you today?' That was said by the Pakistani captain. The problem also is that in the Indian subcontinent little awareness that it is a racial slur."

Major Gaurav Arya said: "It’s not just Sarfaraz Ahmed. See Pak talk shows & TV serials & you will find that casual racism & bigotry is socially acceptable. For them, it is absolutely fine to paint a comedian black & have him speak in what they believe is a Bangladeshi accent. Sad."

Journalist Roushan Alam remarked: "Unacceptable from Sarfraz Ahmed. Zero tolerance for this in cricket. Sport brings people together, racism doesn’t. Ramiz Raja should have called him out on it."