On Sunday, ICC has suspended Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed from four matches over his racist comment against South Africa’s player Andile Phehlukwayo.
The suspension for Sarfraz was being charged with an offence under the code, “Engaging in any conduct which is likely to offend, insult,humiliate,intimidate,threaten,discharge or vilify any reasonable person in the position of a Player, Player Support Personnel,Umpire, Match Refree, Umpire Support Personnel or any other person on the basis of their race,religion,culture,colour, descent,national or ethnic origin.”
Pak Captain will miss the remaining matches of the ongoing ODI series and first two matches of the T20 series which will start on February 1. ICC pointed that, as per article 7.3 of the Anti-Racism Code, Sarfraz will have to undergo an education programme to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that he has committed.
Initially the incident was reported by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and after further investigation ICC General Counsel issued a charge notice to Sarfraz on January 26.
David Richardson, ICC Chief Executive said that “ The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct of this nature. Sarfraz has promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology, so these factors were taken into account when determining an appropriate sanction.”