Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed apologises for controversial taunt to Andile Phehlukwayo

24 January 2019 - 10:12 By Reuters
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed looks dejected behind the stumps as South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo piled on the runs during the second ODI match at Durban's Kingsmead Stadium on January 22 2019.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed looks dejected behind the stumps as South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo piled on the runs during the second ODI match at Durban's Kingsmead Stadium on January 22 2019.
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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has apologised for a controversial on-field taunt during Tuesday's second one-day international against South Africa in Durban.

Sarfraz denied that his comments in Urdu, caught on the stump microphones, were aimed at South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo or anyone in particular.

While many wondered if the taunt was racist in nature, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also issued a statement regretting the "unfortunate incident".

"The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made in whatever context," it said.

"This incident has also highlighted the importance and significance of player education and training at all levels.

"The PCB endeavours to improve their player education programmes to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again.

"Captaining Pakistan is a massive honour and any hurtful remarks by any cricketer, let alone the captain, are not acceptable to the PCB."

The incident could still land Sarfraz in trouble, with South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee saying match officials had noted the incident.

South Africa won the game by five wickets to level the five-match series 1-1 with the third scheduled for Centurion on Friday. 

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