Sarfraz was suspended by ICC for racial slurs

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30 Jan 2019

Tainted Sarfraz Ahmed terms Shoaib Akhtar's criticism as personal

Pakistan cricket team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has lashed out at former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for making personal attacks on him, after he was suspended by the ICC.

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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Sarfraz lashes out at Akhtar

Sarfraz lashes out at Akhtar

"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 apologized for his comments last week

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.

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Sarfraz had issued an apology to Phehlukwayo

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I will improve myself and my performance, says Sarfraz

"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).

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Here's what Sarfraz said during the second ODI

Here's what Sarfraz said during the second ODI

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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What did Sarfraz Ahmed say about Shoaib Akhtar?

Asked 2019-01-30 20:35:12 by Reyansh Jain

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Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed lashed out at former pacer Shoaib Akhtar for his criticism which according to the former is a personal attack.

Why was Sarfraz criticized by Akhtar?

Asked 2019-01-30 20:35:12 by Charvi Sarin

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Sarfraz had made 'racist' comments, which were directed at South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo in the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan last week. Akhtar lashed out Sarfraz in a lengthy video.

For how many matches was Sarfraz banned by the ICC?

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He was banned for four matches by the ICC.

Where is Sarfraz at the moment?

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He has returned back to Pakistan from South Africa and will next be seen in the PSL.

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