KARACHI: In the wake of his controversial remarks, cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to face temporary suspension for three to five games by the International Cricket Council (ICC), reports emerged.
During the second One Day International in Durban, Sarfraz made racist remarks, directed at South African batsman Andile Phehlukwayo, while standing behind the stumps which were recorded on the stump mic.
If the ban takes place, former captain Shoaib Malik is expected to step in as interim captain for the rest of the series.
Reports have emerged that the ICC, under Article 2.13 of its ‘Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel’, is interested in taking action against the skipper. The aforementioned article covers obscene, insulting or offensive language and that “such conduct is prohibited under the ICC’s Anti-Racism Code and must be dealt with according to the procedures set out therein”.
However, a day earlier, in a series of tweets, Sarfraz apologised for his racial remarks and said that: “I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration.”
It is pertinent to note that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had also apologised for the controversial remarks.