Ramiz Raja explains why he didn't translate Sarfraz Ahmed's racist remarks during commentary
Ramiz Raja, who was the commentator of the match, spoke about the incident saying, 'racial slurs are completely unacceptable'.
Ramiz Raja, the former Pakistani cricketer, explained that why he did not translate the racist remarks made by Pakistan's team captain Sarfraz Ahmed against South African pacer Andile Phehlukwayo during the second one-day match in Durban that the hosts eventually won by five wickets.
The incident happened in the 37th over of South Africa's run chase when Pakistan's wicket-keeper Sarfraz made inappropriate comments while keeping the stumps.
Sarfraz passed comments in Urdu, he said, "Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj (Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What have you got her to say for you today)?"
The right-handed batsman Raja, who was the commentator of the match, released a video on his YouTube channel "Ramiz Speaks" and spoke about the incident.
He said, "Racial slurs are completely unacceptable. It's good that Sarfraz has apologised."
He suggested that Sarfraz should not play the next match because it will create unwanted pressure on the entire team.
When the incident happened, Ramiz refrained from translating the comments to Urdu saying that it is an uncouth way of commentary.
He explained, "Translating every abuse, comment or racial slur in an unintelligent commentary."
"I stretched myself and translated the funny parts from Urdu to English but can be doing this every time."
He also mentioned, "Now, I have decided that I m not going to translate anything from Urdu to English, will stick to English commentary only."
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Pakistan and South Africa will play the next one-day of a five-match series at Centurion on January 25.
Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed regret over the comments that were caught on the stump microphone, stating that PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence.
The PCB also said that such incidents underline the role of educational training and it will work towards providing it.