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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TSX closes flat on pessimism surrounding fiscal cliff talks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as traders continued to assess the chances of the United States going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”A double-whammy of tax increases and spending cuts, which threaten to erode the already weak U.S. economy, is set to click in on Jan. 1.The S&P/TSX composite index added 2.97 points to 12,373.77 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 11.15 points to 1,196.75.The Canadian dollar was off 0.37 of a cent to 100.51 cents U.S.Markets hit their worst levels of the session after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the U.S. government appears headed over the fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in negotiations between Republicans who control the House of Representatives and Democrats who control the Senate and White House.But indexes recovered most of the losses late in the day on word that the House will be back in session Sunday evening. It is unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.“At the end of the day, this prevailing will-they-or-won’t they in Washington is causing a dip,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But it’s tough to read too much into anything given that volumes are exceptionally low. All the players aren’t in the game so to speak.”The Dow Jones industrials lost 18.28 points to 13,096.31, as data showed fiscal cliff worries are spreading to consumers.The U.S. Conference Board said that its consumer confidence index fell this month to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November, the second straight decline and the lowest level since August.The survey showed consumers were slightly more optimistic about current business conditions and hiring, but their outlook for the next six months deteriorated to its lowest level since 2011The Nasdaq composite index fell 4.25 points to 2,985.91 and the S&P 500 index declined 1.74 points to 1,418.09.Other data showed that the average number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the past month fell last week to the lowest level since March 2008.The U.S. Labour Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 in the week ended Dec. 22. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750.On the Toronto market, losses were led by a 0.5% decline in the financials subgroup as Sun Life Financial moved down 26 cents to $26.35. TD Bank declined 72 cents to $83.27.Commodities were mixed with February bullion up $3 to US$1,663.70 an ounce. The gold sector led advancers, up about 1.8% with Barrick Gold Corp. ahead 73 cents to C$34.24 while Goldcorp Inc. advanced 46 cents to $35.98.Support also came from the base metals sector, which rose 0.75% while March copper was unchanged at US$3.60 a pound after rising five cents Wednesday. The gain, the largest in four weeks, came after workers rejected a wage proposal at BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile. Turquoise Hill Resources gained 21 cents to C$7.26.The February crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged down 11 cents to US$90.87 a barrel. The energy sector was slightly higher while Canadian Natural Resources fell 40 cents to C$28.49 and Niko Resources jumped $1.05 to $10.50.A major TSX loser was Poseidon Concepts Corp., which plunged more than 50% after the oilfield service company suspended its dividend, replaced its CEO and initiated a board review of the management and business processes. Poseidon shares were down $1.83 at $1.48 after the company said it has established a special committee of the board to review the recent writeoff of certain accounts owing to it.The tech sector also provided lift with Research In Motion Ltd. up $1.20 or 11.43% to $11.70, mirroring an 11% gain on U.S. markets on Wednesday. RIM stock plunged about 25% last week as analysts raised concerns about less revenue from the lucrative service fees charged by the company to use its secure network. The stock had been on a roll earlier in December on rising optimism about the new BlackBerry 10 lineup, which is being launched at the end of January.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Bombardier Aerospace has received a new order for six Learjet 75 business jets. Bombardier shares added a penny to $3.76.The Canadian Press read more