Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed apologised on twitter after a controversial racial comment aimed at South Africa’s all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo which was picked up by a stump microphone during the second one-day international in Durban on Tuesday.
The stump mic picked up Sarfraz saying in Urdu late in the South Africa run-chase: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?”.
The literal translation is: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”
It is widely reported that Sarfraz could face disciplinary action from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The Pakistan captain tweeted: “I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday’s game against SA.
“My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone.
“I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.”
South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed on Wednesday that the ICC had taken note of the incident.
He said: “The ICC and the match officials have noted the alleged incident.
“They have started the necessary procedures to investigate the matter. We can only comment once we have received the results of the investigation. Any further clarification/updates have to go through the ICC.”
In the post-match presentation, man of the match Phehlukwayo seemed relaxed about having been the target of several comments by Pakistan players. “It was good chat,” he said.