PCB calls back Sarfraz from South Africa
Pakistan Cricket Board has called back their skipper Sarfraz Ahmed immediately from South Africa following the enforcement of the four-match ban on him.
Sarfraz Ahmed is in some serious troubles now following his on-field racist comment against the opposite team player Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI against South Africa.
The issue went viral among the people around the game and finally, Sarfraz Ahmed shared his regret with the South African for his comments before the third ODI. However, investigations were going on and now ICC has announced the punishment for the Pakistan skipper with a ban for four International games.
Even before the announcement of sanctions by International Cricket Council, Sarfraz Ahmed has been dropped from the side for the ongoing fourth ODI between Pakistan and South Africa at Johannesburg.
As an immediate result, Pakistan Cricket Board has called back Sarfraz Ahmed home and Shoaib Malik will lead the side for the remaining ODI series and T20I series in the South African tour. PCB has confirmed this on a statement released today following the press release from ICC.
Here is the statement from Pakistan Cricket Board:
“The PCB notes the ICC decision on Sarfaraz Ahmed with its utmost disappointment. PCB had anticipated that the matter had been resolved amicably between the two players and the two Boards following Sarafraz Ahmed’s public apologies which were accepted by the player, the Board and South Africa cricket team.
The PCB will be pursuing this matter at the ICC forums with the objective to bring reforms to the Code, promoting amicable resolutions to issues as opposed to penalties. Having said that, the PCB reiterates its zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments and behavior.
In consultation with Sarfaraz, it has been decided that he will return to Pakistan immediately. Shoaib Malik will captain the team for the remaining ODIs and T20 internationals of the series, while Mohammad Rizwan has been included in the T20I side.”