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Have met and apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo, says Sarfaraz Ahmed

Have met and apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo, says Sarfaraz Ahmed

Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed extended an apology to South African cricket stalwart Andile Phehlukwayo on Friday, after his racial comment landed him in trouble. The incident created a lot of controversy.

His alleged racist remarks against Andile Phehlukwayo in the Second ODI at Durban on January 22 against South Africa attracted more limelight than his men's five-wicket defeat.

But no. 3 batsman Rassie van der Dussen with all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo brought the team home with impressive and important innings of 80 and 69 runs.

For their part, the South African team responded to the situation by accepting Sarfraz's apology though captain Faf du Plessis did point out that in South Africa in particular, such comments can't be made "lightly".

Sarfraz also took to social media to apologise for his actions. "It is out of our hands and ICC will have to deal with it now", ESPNcricinfo quoted du Plessis, as saying.

Sarfraz issued a general apology via Twitter the day after the incident, claiming that his comments were "not directed towards anyone in particular". The world governing body is already investigating the incident.

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Owing to his disrespectful statement, it was speculated that Sarfraz might have to face sanctions of up to five matches by the International Cricket Council.

Sarfraz was caught clearly on the stump mics saying, in Urdu: "Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain?" Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?

Despite their errors, South Africa managed to rein Pakistan in a little at the death, Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn striking consecutively in the 48th and 49th overs.

South Africa's bowlers, Phehlukwayo and Imam, who had a cheeky "silence the haters" celebration after getting his century, finally fell for 101 when he holed out to Rassie van der Dussen at deep mid-wicket off Shamsi but there still was time for fielding lapses when David Miller grassed Shoaib Malik (31) on three at deep square-leg.

"The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made in whatever context", it said.