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first_img Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 18:51 IST Sarfraz Ahmed was banned for four games by ICC (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfraz Ahmed hopes to captain Pakistan again after racism ban expiresSarfraz said that the PCB will decide about the Pakistan captaincySarfraz also said he would not stop his constant remarks from behind the stumpsSuspended Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who was caught making racist comments against a South African player, said Sunday he was hopeful of captaining the side after his ban ends.Sarfraz was suspended for four matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his racist comments against Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI in Durban on January 22.”It is the PCB which will decide about the captaincy. But I am hopeful and ready to learn from my mistakes,” Sarfraz told reporters.Sarfraz’s fate as Pakistan captain hangs in balance because of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) existing policy of naming captains on a series-by-series basis.Asked whether he was aware of PCB’s policy, the wicketkeeper-batsman said he was comfortable with the Board’s policy. He also declined to talk on the issue of leaving the Test captaincy.”Our next Test series is eight months away let us talk about it when the time comes. As it is we will enter a new phase after the World Cup for sure,” he said.Asked if he would stop his constant remarks from behind the stumps, Sarfraz explained that it’s part of his nature and captaincy style.”It is my nature to play cricket the way I do it. I cannot change my nature. I do captaincy in this way and if I change my nature it would hurt my game. I back my team all the time. I keep on talking from behind the stumps to back my team,” he said.Sarfraz also dismissed reports that his teammates were unhappy with his behaviour and that the players gelled more under stand-in skipper Shoaib Malik in South Africa.advertisement”I don’t think this is the case, everyone is giving their best in the team. Whether I am captain or Shoaib Malik everyone is gelled and giving 100 per cent,” he said.He said he was unhappy with those who had exaggerated his use of one word to create an issue.After the incident came to light, Sarfraz personally apologised to Phehlukwayo. He said the South African was more upset with the inappropriate comments directed to his mother.”I explained to him that as Muslims, it is our belief… Any player in our cricket team has reached here because of the prayers of his mother,” Sarfraz said.He added that he had informed Phehlukwayo that he was there to apologise for using the racist term but maintained he did not say anything wrong about his mother.”What I said was wrong and I did whatever could be done to rectify the situation. I did what had to be done under ICC rules and regulations. I came back because it made no sense to stay back in South Africa.”Also Read | Shoaib Akhtar not criticising but personally attacking me: Sarfraz AhmedAlso Read | Have learnt my lesson: Sarfraz Ahmed after 4-match suspension for racist tauntFor 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! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Sarfraz AhmedFollow Pakistan captainFollow racism banFollow ICCFollow ICC banFollow World Cup 2019 Sarfraz Ahmed hopes to captain Pakistan again after racism ban expiresSarfraz Ahmed is serving a four-match ban for his racist comments against Andile Phehlukwayo during Pakistan’s second ODI against South Africa in Durban on January 22.advertisementlast_img read more