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Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmed has come forward to extend an apology after his racial comment fiasco. The man was caught by the stump mics making racial statements against South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI in Durban on Monday.


During South Africa’s chase, in the 37th over, Shaheen Afridi delivered a ball to Phehlukwayo, the ball touched the inside edge and he took a single. He was batting on 50 at the time and as he got to the non-striker’s end, Sarfraz could be heard saying in Urdu, “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” (“Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What has she prayed for your luck?”)
After this comment, Sarfraz faced flak from all quarters and eventually took to twitter to apologise. He wrote: “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.”

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1/2 - 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...</p>— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarfarazA_54/status/1088100753208758272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2/3 - 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...</p>— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarfarazA_54/status/1088100807839498242?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">3/3 - ...across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.</p>— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarfarazA_54/status/1088100861534978049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


While PCB has bashed Sarfraz’s comment, a disciplinary action by ICC is still awaited.
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