Sarfraz accepts mistake, says he’s learnt lesson

Karachi: Accepting his “mistake” after being banned for his racial remarks against a South African cricketer, banned Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Tuesday said that he has learnt a lesson from the unsavoury episode.

Soon after returning from South Africa, Sarfaraz has said that he has realised his mistake and that is why he had immediately apologised publicly after the episode.

“It was a mistake and I have learnt from it,” Sarfraz told reporters. Sarfaraz, who is Pakistan’s permanent captain in all three formats, has been forced to return home after the ICC had imposed a four-match ban on him for making racially motivated comments about Andile Phehlukwayo during the third ODI in Durban.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was quick to express its utter disappointment about the ICC’s decision to ban Sarfaraz, noting that he had apologised immediately for his remarks to the South African team and also went and met with Phehlukwayo and expressed regrets to him. Sarfraz thanked PCB for its support but his supporters raised slogans against the ICC for the ban soon after his forced return to the country. “I am thankful to the PCB for the way they have handled this case,” Sarfaraz said.

“I also accept the ICC decision to ban me for four matches and for me that issue is closed but I will do whatever the PCB tells me to do,” he added. Sarfaraz had returned home from South Africa to a rousing and emotional welcome from his supporters. Around a 100 people holding banners and placards in favour of Sarfaraz and against the ICC were at the Karachi airport to greet him when he came out of the terminal building.