Caught on stump mic: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed racially abuses South Africa cricketer

first_imgCaught on stump mic: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed racially abuses South Africa cricketerSouth Africa vs Pakistan: Pakistan cricket team captain, Sarfraz Ahmed was caught on stump mic making an allegedly racist comment against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during an ODI match in Durban on Tuesday. Akshay Ramesh DurbanJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:15 IST Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated with Andile Phehlukwayo’s partnership with van der Dussen made he made the comment. (@OfficialCSA Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfraz Ahmed was caught on stump mic making a ‘racist’ comment against South Africa’s Phehlukwayo in DurbanSarfraz Ahmed is in danger of ICC sanctions over the comments made during the 2nd ODI between South Africa and PakistanSouth Africa’s Phehlukwayo hit an unbeaten 69 and picked up 4 wickets to help the hosts win the 2nd ODIPakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed is facing severe backlash on social media for his allegedly racist comments against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second of the ongoing five-match ODI series between the two countries in Durban on Tuesday.Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated as Phehlukwayo and opener van der Dussen were stitching a match-winning stand for the sixth wicket after Pakistan had South Africa reeling at 80 for 5 in chase of a modest 204-run target.In the 37th over the chase, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” (Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?)Sarfraz made the comment even as Phehlukwayo inside edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery to deep fine leg and was running towards the non-striker’s end.Notably, the South Africa all-rounder enjoyed a lot of luck as Pakistan had handed him a reprieve only in the previous over via a dropped catch.Phehlukwayo also got an LBW decision against him successfully overturned after using the Decision Review System. Phehlukwayo remained unbeaten on 69 as South Africa gunned down the total with five wickets to spare and levelled the five-match series at 1-1.While on-air commentator Mike Haysman sought the literal translation of what Sarfraz had said, Pakistani cricketer-turned commentator, Ramiz Raja was heard saying: “Difficult really to translate that. It’s a big long sentence”.Sarfraz is in danger of facing sanctions from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the match officials can initiate disciplinary action, which may fall under the ambit of the apex body’s anti-racism code.advertisementAccording to the “ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket- 1 October 2012”, The ICC and all of its Members should “not at any time offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage, vilify or unlawfully discriminate between persons based on their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, and/or national or ethnic origin (inappropriate racist conduct).”Watch video: Shoaib Akhtar reacts to Sarfraz Ahmed’s commentSarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019This isn’t funny. Its pathetic and racist. https://t.co/J3OeIW4CuROsman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) January 22, 2019Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo:”abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj””black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?”#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OESaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019Dear @ICC you should take strict against @TheRealPCB captain #SarfarazAhmed as he was calling @OfficialCSA player @andileluck19 “kaale ” which means black in english !! ?? Rasicm should not allowed at any cost . Check the video below #SAvsPAK #SayNoToRacism pic.twitter.com/2w1Jntmxf1Saimanikanta (@smktweetz) January 22, 2019Here’s what Sarfraz was heard saying to Phehlukwayo in yesterday’s #SAvPAK ODI.Not only racist, but also just a crap sledge. pic.twitter.com/krAbfjWQeeDennis Kohli (@DennisCricket_) January 22, 2019Those were racist remarks, Captain #Sarfraz! You should apologies for your words even if you think you were trying to be funny, clearly you weren’t. Go and seek apologies from #Phehlukwayo in the true spirit of the game.Shukriya!Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) January 22, 2019Never have taken to Sarfaraz for the way he shouts at his fielders openly, but racism was the last straw. Definitely not someone who should be leading an international cricket team. Ban should only be the start for his racist comments.Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 22, 2019Also Read | Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa to series-levelling victory vs PakistanAlso Read | 2nd ODI South Africa vs Pakistan in Durban: HighlightsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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Torstar reports 2345M quarterly loss predicts another challenging year

Torstar reports $234.5M quarterly loss, predicts another challenging year TORONTO – Torstar Corp., which owns Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, predicts another challenging year after reporting a $234.5 million loss in the fourth quarter, mostly as a result of writing down the value of its newspaper businesses.The red ink included $213.3 million of non-cash items related to asset impairments at its continuing operations. Those included $130.6 million within the Metroland Media group of smaller newspapers and $70.5 million at the Star Media group, which includes the company’s flagship Toronto Star.“Metroland Media Group and Star Media Group are expected to continue to face challenges in 2016 as a result of continued shift in spending by advertising,” said the company’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, Lorenzo DeMarchi, in a conference call with investors.Print advertising declines were moderate, he said, but it’s difficult to predict if that trend will continue this year considering the continued evolution of advertiser markets and economic volatility.Advertisers have responded positively to Star Touch, a tablet-only product from the Toronto Star that launched about five months ago, said John Cruickshank, president of Star Media Group.In January, the app cracked more than 200,000 downloads, with users reading an average of three days per week, he said. But David Holland, Torstar’s president and CEO, said growth in the app’s audience is slower than originally anticipated.The Star Touch audience is rising at a slower rate than La Presse’s app, said Cruickshank. He attributed that to the Toronto Star continuing to print a daily paper, whereas La Presse scrapped its physical edition, as well as potentially different dynamics of an English-language market compared to La Presse’s French-speaking audience.The company expects to make a net investment of about $10 million this year in Star Touch, most of it during the first half of the year. Last year, net investment spending in the app was $14 million on a pre-tax basis.The company plans to break even on the platform by 2017, said Holland.The app is part of the company’s push towards a more digital future, he said, as is their recent acquisition of VerticalScope, a North American digital media business.“We are in the midst of a meaningful transition,” he said. “We did not expect this transition to be easy, but we do believe it will ultimately prove to be very worthwhile.”The transition has included cost-cutting measures, including outsourcing the printing of the Toronto Star. The switch should create $4 million of savings this year and $10 million annually thereafter. The move is expected to result in 220 full-time and 65 part-time job cuts.The company recognized $7.5 million of restructuring and other charges in the fourth quarter, down from $10.9 million in the comparable 2014 period. The company expects 90 positions to be eliminated and $6.3 million of annualized cost savings as a result of the restructuring provisions in the fourth quarter.In total, Torstar estimates restructuring initiatives undertaken last year will produce about $22.5 million in savings in 2016.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2016 5:09 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more