Earlier, Pakistan urged the International Cricket Council to take action against the Indian cricketers who wore camouflage military caps during the third ODI match against Australia. Pakistan also went on to accuse Virat Kohli & Co of politicising the game through and through.
As a token of respect to the CRPF jawans who were martyred in Pulwama terrorist attack, Indian cricketers paid tribute by wearing Army caps and also donated their match fee for the “welfare of the martyrs’ families”.
“It’s just not Cricket”, I hope ICC ll take action for politicising Gentleman’s game … if Indian Cricket team ll not be stopped, Pak Cricket team should wear black bands to remind The World about Indian atrocities in Kashmir… I urge #PCB to lodge formal protest pic.twitter.com/GoCHM9aQqm
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 8, 2019
ICC on Monday said Indian cricketers were “granted permission to wear camouflage military caps” in the third ODI fixture against Australia in Ranchi as a tribute to the nation’s armed forces, a mark of respect which Pakistan has objected to.
“The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted,” ICC’s General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said in a statement.
PCB had sent a strongly-worded letter to the ICC calling for strict action against India for wearing the army caps. However, after ICC’s response, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani was not really happy with it. “They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” Ehsan Mani said on Sunday in Karachi.
As many as 44 CRPF paramilitary troopers were martyred in the suicide attack on February 14 and Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed full responsibility of the encounter.