‘We forgive him because he said sorry’ says Faf du Plessis on Sarfraz’s racist remark

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed came under fire recently for his infamous racist remark against allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo which is deemed contrary to the spirit of human values. This incident happened during South Africa’s intense chase at Kingsmead.

As a captain of the team, he should lead the team by example by motivating the players so much so that the team heads in the right direction. But instead, he was caught clearly on the broadcast stump mics speaking in Urdu which read, “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?”

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The translated version is “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”

However, Sarfraz took to his official Twitter platform and issued a general apology following the incident, claiming that his remarks were “not directed towards anyone in particular.” The ICC has received a report from the match referee- Ranjan Madugalle and is now considering the matter.

South Africa skipper voiced his opinion while addressing the reporters at the press conference. His words were pretty clear that how one should be extra careful in South Africa, where racism is an ongoing problem. “When you come to South Africa, you have to be very careful when you make racial comments,” du Plessis echoed.

“I am sure he didn’t mean it like that but he has taken responsibility and we will have to see what the outcome of that is going to be. This is not something that we take lightly as a team, but the fact that he apologised straight away means there is regret on his part.

“We’re not taking it lightly, but that fact that there was an immediate apology shows there is regret. We can forgive but that doesn’t mean we brush it under the table.”

“We forgive him because he said sorry,” du Plessis said after team’s training session on Thursday. “He has apologised and taken responsibility for it. It is out of our hands and ICC will have to deal with it now.”

On the contrary, Phehlukwayo didn’t speak a word on Sarfraz’s comment and du Plessis hinted that he had not observed the comment at the time as the language barrier meaning Phehlukwayo did not get what was said.

“Andy [Phehlukwayo] says he didn’t even notice it and thus felt it wasn’t really directed at him,” du Plessis quoted. “I suppose maybe because we didn’t understand it makes a bit of a difference. But it certainly doesn’t sit well with us. There seemed to be immediate regret.

“We’re gracious. We forgive quite easily, except maybe against the Aussies,” Faf concluded.

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