“India Obtained Permission for Wearing Camouflage Caps,” Says ICC

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The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Indian Cricket team wore camouflage caps during the 3rd ODI against Australia with a formal permission.

Team India had wore the special caps at Ranchi to pay tribute to the 40 CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack India.

At the time of the toss, Former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni distributed the camouflage caps to the members of the team whereas the current Captain Virat Kohli gave the cap to Dhoni.

After this incident, this move by the Board of Cricket Control in India was heavily criticized by arch-rivals Pakistan. Pakistan’s Information Minister went ahead and even called for the ICC to ban the Indian Cricket team for mixing sports with politics.

Pakistan Cricket Board’s chairman Ehsan Mani took the matter to the ICC. “There’s absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position,” Mani said late Sunday in Karachi.

“We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their [India] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.

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“The PCB was forced to shift the three PSL matches from Lahore to Karachi last week because Lahore’s airspace was temporarily closed after the Pulwama attack. However, to show that it’s safe to play sport in the troubled country of Pakistan, eight PSL games were organized in Karachi whereas the remaining games took place in the UAE.

“There have been instances in the past when the ICC has either reprimanded or banned international players for showing off their political sentiments during international matches. England all-rounder Moeen Ali was banned five years ago for wearing wristbands showing off slogans “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” during a Test match against India.

Also, South Africa leg spinner Imran Tahir was reprimanded for showing an image of Pakistan pop singer Junaid Jamshed who had died in a plane crash in December 2016, underneath his playing T-shirt during a T20 against Sri Lanka in 2017.

PCB’s President said, “You have two examples from the past already, where both Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali were sanctioned for something similar. The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India. The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.

“However, the International Cricket Council on Monday made it absolutely clear that BCCI had taken their permission to wear camouflage caps during the 3rd ODI against Australia at Ranchi. “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 spokeswoman Claire Furlong told The Associated Press in an e-mail on Monday.

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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