Written byRajdeep Saha
Sarfraz has been forced to return home from South Africa after being handed a four-match suspension by the ICC for his 'racist' comments, which were directed at Proteas player, Andile Phehlukwayo.
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"He [Shoaib Akhtar] is attacking me personally not criticizing," Sarfraz said to Geo TV.
Akhtar had earlier asked Sarfraz to make a public apology after breaching the ICC anti-racism code.
"This [Sarfraz incident] is not acceptable as a Pakistani. In my opinion, he [Sarfraz] did this in the heat of the moment. I think he should apologize publicly," Akhtar said in a video.
Sarfraz's controversial comments were picked up by a stump microphone in the second ODI between the two sides in Durban. Post the match, he had apologized for his comments. Sarfraz also settled the matter with Phehlukwayo.
This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology .and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology. pic.twitter.com/bco00dGumR— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 25, 2019
"I accepted my mistake and received the punishment. I want to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for handling this case and fulfilling requirements. I will improve myself and my performance in the future and I thank my supporters for their backing," said the Pakistani skipper.
Sarfraz will next be seen in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The senior cricketer was heard making comments in Urdu about Phehlukwayo.
The all-rounder played an important role after stitching a match-winning partnership with Rassie van der Dussen to help SA level the series.
According to ESPN, the comment, translated in English, read: "Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?"
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