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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIt has been almost a year since Mesut Ozil, one of the best footballers of the current generation said goodbye to his national team of Germany on a rather ugly note after complaining about facing racism within the German football federation (DFB) soon after squad were eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the hands of South Korea in a disappointing 0-2 loss in Russia. According to the athlete, he had been through a lot of racial discrimination ever since he meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a high-profile meeting. After running out of patience, the Arsenal midfielder decided to release a statement on Twitter, officially quitting from Team Germany. The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened. pic.twitter.com/WpWrlHxx74 — Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018 "The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten,” tweeted the German. "It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't." Now, more than 8 months later, in an interview with Die Welt, Germany's Technical Director, Oliver Bierhoff opened about his thoughts about the whole debacle admitting to the unprofessionalism with which Ozil's departure from the team was managed and covered by media both, national and international. "It went wrong and I'm very sorry, there were a lot of mistakes, also on my part," Bierhoff said. "Until today, nobody had a convincing idea of how we could have handled his situation in the national team in a different way." "Of course I would have wished Mesut an exit in another way, I can only repeat that, in the end, all of us gave an image that was not good."
The Pakistani cricket team's former skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed is currently going through a four-game suspension after his racially motivated comments towards South African allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo in a failed attempt to sledge the Proteas. Upon the International Cricket Council (ICC) announcing the ban, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed their disapproval of the suspension of the wicket keeper and said that the decision had led to their “utmost disappointment” especially after the cricketer had publicly apologised for his words. However, as per latest news, Ahmed not only hopes to make a banging comeback to international cricket but is also looking forward to spearheading the Pakistani team into the impending 2019 ICC World Cup. Sarfraz Ahmed hopes ban won't stop him leading Pakistan in 2019 pic.twitter.com/ToYrvOlqcg — Syed Izan Abbasðµð° (@Syedizan4Syed) February 3, 2019 On Sunday, in a local press conference, Ahmed told the reporters that his chances at captaincy during the World Cup seems to be highly probable as he is getting a positive response from the Board. “The decision is with the Pakistan Cricket Board, but I have got positive vibes about it that I will be the captain for the World Cup,” Sarfraz told the reporters in Karachi. Talking from behind the stumps has come to be an expectation out of the keeper of the fielding side. We have seen the same during India's tour to Australia when Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine got into the sledging battle but also respected each other and their sentiments in a classic war of words. However, Ahmed took it a bit too far with the “abey kaale” remarks, for which he was also slammed by the Pak legend Shoaib Akhtar online. So when the reporters asked Ahmed if he was going to control his words from now on, he said: "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.” In the recent years, Sarfraz Ahmed is noticeably one of the better leaders for the Pakistani side. From the current roster, under his captaincy, the team has won 21 out of the 35 ODI matches, which is a winning record second best only to the veteran batsman Shoaib Malik (25 wins in 38 matches).
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsOn 22nd January, the Pakistan cricket team was eager to extend their lead in the five-match series when they took the field against South Africa for the 2nd ODI in Newlands. Defending just 203 runs, Pakistan were seen dictating the terms when they had the hosts reeling at 80/5 in 15 overs. But, a 127-run partnership between Rassie van der Dussen (80) and Andile Phehlukwayo (69) for the sixth wicket dashed Pakistan's hopes and handed the Proteas a five-wicket win. While the two South African batsmen were hailed for their resilient knocks, the match will now be remembered for the racist remarks fired by Sarfraz Ahmed at Phehlukwayo. "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 Pakistani skipper was caught saying on the stump-mic. Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo: "abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj" "black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?"#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OE — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019 The 31-year-old's racist comments sparked a massive outrage on the social media. There was an apology from Sarfraz but it came a tad too late. Taking note of the incident, the International Cricket Council (ICC), later, found the Pakistani skipper guilty of breaching its code of conduct and banned him for four matches (2 ODIs and as many T20Is). Forced to return home, Sarfraz was apologetic in his media interaction. But, he minced no words in slamming Shoaib Akhtar for his "personal attack" on the Pakistani captain. "He (Shoaib Akhtar) is attacking me personally not criticising," Geo TV quoted Sarfraz, as saying. "I accepted my mistake and received the punishment. I want to thank PCB for handling this case and fulfilling requirements. I will improve myself and my performance in the future and I thank my supporters for their backing," the 31-year-old added. Sarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019 Akhtar, former Pakistani speedster, had earlier slammed Sarfraz for his demeanour on the field. “I strongly condemn it (Ahmed's racist comments) as a Pakistani. In my opinion, it was absolutely disgusting what he's said. I think he should publicly apologise for it. As a Pakistani captain, he should lead by example and inspire others as well,” Akhtar had said. While Sarfraz has been away from the field, the ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa is evenly poised at 2-2 with deciding clash scheduled in Newlands on 30th January. Following the ODI series, the two teams will also face-off in three T20Is slated to begin from 1st February.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIt feels like one of those days when things end on a happy note. Despite rain delaying the commencements on Day 5 of the 3rd Test, Team India wrapped up early to register the second win of the 4-game series and took a 2-1 lead against the Aussies at their home-turf behind the Man of the Match, Jasprit Bumrah, who took 9 wickets in the match and Ravindra Jadeja, with five wickets under his belt. Nobody said that the Indians' trip Down Under would be a cakewalk both on or off the pitch. While the Men in Blue struggled to make runs in the second innings, some of the rather notorious “fans” of Australian cricket made their lives a tad more difficult by barking racially motivated taunts at them. The authorities at the Melbourne Cricket Ground issued formal warnings after chants of 'Show us your visa' roared within the stadium. “Victoria Police and stadium security are monitoring the behaviour of the crowd in that section of the stadium,” announced a Cricket Australia spokesperson post the incident, “and have had several discussions with those fans in that bay to remind them about appropriate crowd behaviour, as per venue entry terms and conditions.” This came later on during the same day when Indian skipper Virat Kohli was being called “a wanker” as he fielded at the boundary during the first innings. Kohli - who has been infamous for getting in trouble for showing 'the finger' to the Australian crowd in the early days of his international career - held his own with utmost grace and replied with a brilliant sense of humour as he took off his cap and bowed before the hostile audience. India captain @imVkohli was greeted with the chant of "#Kohli is a wanker" by the MCG crowd. His response... pic.twitter.com/YUTUh3woIy — Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 28, 2018 India defeated the Aussies by 137 runs to gain a 2-1 lead in the series. The 4th Test begins on 3rd January, 2019. Will Kohli's boys be able to take the series 3-1 or will Paine and team make them settle for a tie?