Sarfaraz ne dhoka de diya.
Pakistanis are pretty racist. We thrive on whitening creams and calling others ‘dark’. And this is the reason that racism or racist comments in our part of the world are brushed off and ignored. So now that the captain of our cricket team, Sarfaraz Ahmed, has made a racist comment while representing the country on an international level, will it be brushed aside? Or will action finally be taken so that the impressionable youth and the older generation alike learn that racist comments in any capacity will not be accepted in 2019?
To recap what happened, though: in an unfortunate video that encapsulates an even more unfortunate incident, Sarfaraz is captured saying racist crap to another player of the opposing team. It seems as though he’s saying it in jest, but guess what? Racism isn’t funny.
Sarfaraz to Phehlukwayo: Abe Kaale, Teri ammi aaj yahan baithi hui hai Kya padhwa ke aaya hai?
Translation: Black man, your mom is sitting here What have you done to make yourself so lucky?
This type of comments are surely not expected at International stage#SAvPAK #STUMPSTV pic.twitter.com/xuYBG9J6Qb
— StumpsTv (@StumpsTv) January 23, 2019
Just the nature of the comment is disgusting in itself. However, the fact that Sarfaraz so openly uttered these words on an international platform is just downright shameful, not only for him, but for Pakistanis in general, because it shows us in a bad light.
As a consequence of this, fans of the sport have taken to social media to express their disgust and denounce their support for Sarfaraz.
People believe he should get charged for this
Sarfaraz Ahmed should get charged. His mind set is the exact reason, he should realize that he is not playing in the streets of Karachi he is captain of Pakistani national team and representing Pakistan at world stage.
— Aqil Malik (@Aqilmalik24) January 23, 2019
Some are even calling for a ban
— Rahul More (@rahulm66) January 23, 2019
Ban this clown to set up another example that World cricket is against racism either this instance can take place again with some better abusive language.
— Keshav (@keshav4384) January 23, 2019
The fact that Sarfaraz used this term in jest for a man who was simply doing his job was also highlighted.
#PAKvSA All international players should know by now not to use any comment which might be interpreted as a racial slur. The batsman wasn't getting out and that obviously frustrated Sarfaraz Ahmad. Shameful act.
— Dr Danish Ebad (@MrDanny3) January 23, 2019
Bhai, woh bhi khelne aye thay, out honay nahi aye thay.
For a nation that constantly complains of having a racist bias against us, we’re pretty racist ourselves, especially since some people did not understand why Sarfaraz’s comment was such a big deal.
Sarfaraz didn't mean to be racist when he said KAALAY.
Bhai wo kudh konsa Faiza Beauty Cream k ad mein aata hai?#PAKvSA
— SYED ASIF SHAH (@SYEDASIFSHAHPTI) January 23, 2019
"Abay kaly ajj teri ammi kahan bethi hwi hai keya parhwa ke aya hwa hai” 😂😂😂
— U S M A N ✨ (@ItxUsman555) January 23, 2019
Some people went so far as to defending Sarfaraz.
It has nothing to do with Sarfaraz or anyone else . BLACK or calling someone Black is not a racist word. It is officially accepted . pic.twitter.com/hAg2js9pWl
— Ali Naqvi (@alinaqvi11011) January 22, 2019
Shocking, since the context clearly shows that he meant it in a derogatory manner.
Some people believe he should be forgiven
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s comments towards Phelukwayo was out of frustration. Obviously, that doesn’t justify them. Just because he’s a Pakistani, people are making a big deal about it. Remember Shane Warne’s comments to Marlon Samuels were way more vulgar. Sarfaraz should be forgiven.
— Adi Sid (@adisiddiqi24) January 23, 2019
Are we REALLY going to justify Sarfaraz’s disappointing comments by comparing them to the wrongdoings of other players, though?
However, a vast majority of the folks who saw this go down continue to call out Sarfaraz. And rightfully so.
For him to say that is disgusting especially as a captain. What kind of leadership is that. He has definitely cross a line here. This is sledging gone wrong.
— thandeka (@thandeka350) January 22, 2019
Sarfaraz should be banned for life. He doesn’t deserve to represent Pakistan on international platform. Requesting the concerned institutions (@ICC @ICCMediaComms @TheRealPCB @OfficialCSA) to make him an example for being Racist.@ImranKhanPTI @InziTheLegend @iramizraja https://t.co/mq5FJHLoKo
— Rafee Khan (@rafi_khan18) January 23, 2019
Even Shoaib Akhtar weighed in on the situation
Sarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019
It’s evident, though, that Sarfaraz’s actions were wrong. Just because something is normalized in our society does not mean it’s acceptable as a whole. Perhaps, action needs to be taken against him so that an example can be set.
What action do you think should be taken against Sarfaraz Ahmed for his distasteful comments? Let us know in the comments below.
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