Army caps, India and ICC: what’s the message?

Heather Diaz
March 12, 2019

Indian cricketers sported olive-and-black caps bearing the cricket board's logo (BCCI) in solidarity with Indian paramilitary police killed last month in a militant attack by a Pakistan-based group.

Expressing vast displeasure over Indian cricket team's donning military cap during a match against Australia in India, Federal Minister for information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal protest against this uncalled for act, ARY News reported.

Speaking to reporters in Karachi today, Mani said the ICC has no misapprehensions about the fact that cricket should not be used for politics. "They took permission from ICC for some other objective and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable", PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, also a former ICC president, was quoted as saying in Karachi on Sunday. "Their [India] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly".

The match referee, David Boon, further stated that Moeen Ali is "free to express his view on such causes away from the cricket field", but ICC forgot to tell the Indian team just that and Virat Kohli-led team was allowed to materialise the controversial idea.

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The BCCI said they had sought permission from the world governing body before Friday's match, Indian media reported. "And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs". The ICC and the Indian team should ready their answers, because a lot of questions are going to be asked after this provocative move, not only from this side of the border, but also by the Indian thinkers and, eventually, the worldwide media.

Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir, which both sides claim in full but rule in part.

Similarly, South African legspinner Imran Tahir was reprimanded by the ICC for his celebrations during a T20I against Sri Lanka in early 2017.

"We will be sending another letter to the ICC in next 12 hours after more consultations with our lawyers", he added.

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