This is the only way Pakistan Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed can avoid suspension from ICC

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This is the only way Pakistan Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed can avoid suspension from ICC

KARACHI - Pakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed can avoid suspension over the racial comments during the team's second ODI against South Africa.

If Sarfaraz is formally charged, he can face a suspension of minimum 4 to maximum 8 limited over games. But, he can avoid a suspension, if all goes well and in good faith.

ICC’s anti-racism code for participants allows the accused player/official to reach conciliation without facing any harsh penalty.

Clause 4.3 of ICC’s anti-racism code says that if ICC consents to the matter being resolved by a process of conciliation then the process can be initiated without the player (Sarfaraz Ahmed in this case) facing any formal disciplinary action.

Once the possibility of conciliation is consented, the formal process would commence which ICC’s counsel general formally notifying the player named in the report (Sarfaraz Ahmed) and the player who has been subject to the alleged offence (Andile Phehlukwayo in this case) seeking their consent for conciliation.

Once consent from both the players is obtained, the matter may proceed to conciliation under Article 4.3.1 and the case shall be referred to a Conciliator who shall be responsible for overseeing a process of conciliation within 14 days.