Pakistan’s cricket team, captain Sarfraz Ahmed is facing ban on playing cricket for some matches due to Racist comments on South African player Phehlukwayo, despite his apology. Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani has expressed anger and sorrow over ICC’s decision to ban Pakistan captain Safraz Ahmed for matches and said “bureaucratic process overruled common sense,” he said adding that the ICC should not charged Sarfraz once apologies had been publicly made and accepted.
“So as far as we were concerned, an apology had been tendered and accepted and the only question was whether Sarfraz deserved any punishment”. “I had already said we should pull Sarfraz out for 2-3 games. I felt very strongly that this has to be a strong message for everyone.”
“We had cleared the air,” Mani said. “So common sense should have meant that was the end of the matter. “We made an apology at all levels and it had been accepted by everyone. We have a good relationship with CSA. For the ICC to jump in because Phehlukwayo was upset and didn’t want a reconciliation process, [and to feel they] have to charge Sarfraz, that’s where I think a bit of nonsense comes into this. What else can you achieve by sitting them in a room? They’re not school children.”
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17 November, 2019