Round up: Sarfraz 'forgiven but not forgotten', Pandya back in contention, Kohli sweeps ICC awards
Forgiven but not forgotten
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, recently made a ‘racist’ comment towards South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo that landed him into trouble.
Sarfraz immediately apologized and owned up for his on-field inappropriate comment, claiming his words “were not directed towards anyone in particular and he certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone”.
This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology .and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology. pic.twitter.com/bco00dGumR— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 25, 2019
In response, South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis responded with forgiveness but hasn’t let go off the incident.
"We're not taking it lightly, but that fact that there was an immediate apology shows there is regret. We can forgive but that doesn't mean we brush it under the table,” said Faf du Plessis.
Is it too late now to say sorry?
Sarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019
Pandya back in contention
Hardik Pandya is all set to join India in their ODI series against New Zealand after the suspension on the all-rounder were lifted by the BCCI.
The 25-year-old, along with KL Rahul, was suspended for making ‘sexist’ comments on a TV show.
Good to see there is some activity with Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. The forced indecision was helping nobody. There must still be a hearing and a verdict but like with Ben Stokes, pending that, they should be free to play. India 'A' would be a good restart.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 24, 2019
Pandya will be available for the remainder of India’s tour of New Zealand while opening batsman Rahul will join India A squad to face England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.
Good to see Pandya and Rahul back and when the ombudsman gets appointed hopefully he will take no further action. The players have served their time. #Bcci— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 25, 2019
Sultans rope in Russell for injured Smith
Multan Sultans have replaced Steve Smith with West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell for the upcoming season of Pakistan Super League.
Smith was ruled out of fourth season of the PSL with an elbow injury he sustained during Bangladesh Premier League.
The six PSL franchises picked replacements for injured and unavailable players in a secondary draft on January 24.
Breaking old grounds
The West Indies women will play three T20 Internationals against Pakistan women in Karachi for the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.
This will the first tour from West Indies women to Pakistan in 15 years.
Khushamadeed ??— Sana Mir ???? ??? (@mir_sana05) January 24, 2019
(Welcome to Pakistan )
Super excited to see the Skip in action in my home country. ?????? https://t.co/KbSHT1OVb6
Pakistan hosted the West Indies men’s team last April and the smooth proceedings in that series played a part in convincing the CWI to sanction the women’s tour, said CWI chief executive Johnny Grave.
Well, isn’t it an amazing pioneering step taken by the Cricket West Indies?
Botha calls it a day
Former South-Africa all-rounder Johan Botha has called time from playing all forms of cricket effective immediately.
A stellar, 19-year domestic & international cricketing career came to a close at the @scg tonight. ??— Hobart Hurricanes (@HurricanesBBL) January 23, 2019
Everyone at the Hurricanes & @crickettas wishes @johan_botha all the very best with his future: https://t.co/Zz3ADWCBIJ.#TasmaniasTeam #BBL08 #ThanksBoats pic.twitter.com/GCw9k7LFlh
Botha, 36, made the surprise announcement following Hobart's loss to the Sydney Sixers in BBL, citing wear and tear on his body and sheer physical fatigue behind his sudden decision.
Kohli hits jackpot
India skipper Virat Kohli is over the moon after sweeping the top three ICC awards. Kohli was declared the best ODI and Test player as well as the ICC ‘Cricketer of the Year’.