Days after Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed drew fire for making racial slurs against a South African cricketer on the field, the former’s wife, Khushbakht Sarfaraz, has stepped up to share the player’s “real side”.
“This is Nelson Mandela Square where Abdullah and his abba [father] really had a great time racing with local kids. This is his real side. Down to earth and humble,” she tweeted while sharing a video that showed Sarfaraz playing with his son and a bunch of South African children in Johannesburg.
This is Nelson Mendela Square where Abdullah and his Abba really had great time racing with the local kids. This is His real side. Down to Earth and Humble ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nkFaQP7fZq
— Khushbakht Sarfaraz (@sarfarazkhush) January 25, 2019
Sarfaraz was caught on stump mics passing an offensive taunt to South African cricket stalwart Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI on Tuesday.
“Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” which translates to, “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?” he was heard as saying.
Owing to his disrespectful statement, it was speculated that Sarfaraz might have to face sanctions of up to five matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
However, skipper on Friday apologised to Andile for his comment.
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
Tendering an apology, the skipper took to Twitter and wrote, “This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology. I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology.”