The Indian gamers stroll out for the Ranchi ODI of their military camouflage caps © Getty Pictures
The Pakistan Cricket Board has taken “sturdy discover” of India’s use of military camouflage caps throughout their third ODI towards Australia in Ranchi, urging the ICC to take motion towards the BCCI.
MS Dhoni, who’s an honorary lieutenant colonel within the Indian territorial military, was seen distributing military caps to the crew earlier than the toss. ESPNcricinfo understands that the transfer was initiated within the aftermath of a terror assault in Pulwama final month. The BCCI had approached the ICC earlier than going forward with the plan, and the ICC confirmed that permission was granted as a part of a charity fundraising effort.
“Now we have strongly taken up the matter with the ICC,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani instructed reporters in Karachi. “There’s completely no misunderstanding within the ICC about our place. We consider that cricket and sports activities shouldn’t be used for politics and now we have mentioned this very clearly. Their [India] credibility within the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”
India’s captain Virat Kohli had defined that donning the caps had been meant to encourage countrymen to donate to the Nationwide Defence Fund to assist with the schooling of the martyrs’ dependents.
“That is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama assault and their households,” Kohli mentioned. “All of the gamers have determined to donate their match charges from this explicit recreation to the Nationwide Defence Fund. I, because the captain of the crew, would urge everybody within the nation to do the identical, donate how a lot ever they will to the Nationwide Defence Fund and assist in the schooling and well-being of the households and the youngsters of those that misplaced their lives within the assault. So this can be a very particular cap and a really particular recreation certainly.”
Mani, nonetheless, insisted that ICC ought to take “sturdy motion” towards India, particularly as there was already precedent for a similar.
Moeen Ali, the England allrounder, was banned in 2014 for sporting wristbands bearing the slogans “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” on the primary two days of the third Take a look at towards India at The Ageas Bowl. Whereas the ECB had defended Moeen’s stance, describing his actions as humanitarian relatively than political, the match referee David Boon reminded Moeen of the ICC’s clothes and gear laws.
Equally, South African legspinner Imran Tahir was reprimanded by the ICC for his celebrations towards Sri Lanka throughout a T20I. After dismissing Asela Gunaratne, Tahir went off on considered one of his traditional celebratory runs earlier than taking of his taking part in package and revealing a t-shirt with a picture of the late Junaid Jamshed, a Pakistani pop icon and latterly non secular preacher who died in a airplane crash.
“You could have two examples from the previous already, the place each Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali had been sanctioned for one thing related,” Mani mentioned. “The ICC had taken sturdy motion towards them and now we have sought related motion towards India. The permission they took was for a unique function however they acted otherwise.
“Now we have been in contact with ICC from day one, despatched one letter already and one other is being adopted up in subsequent 12 hours. There shouldn’t be any ambiguity as we’re taking this very strongly. We do not do politics or neither we can we use cricket for politics.”
Ties between the 2 boards have deteriorated sharply within the aftermath of the Pulwama assault. The BCCI initially wished to ban Pakistan from the World Cup this summer season, earlier than deciding to tone that down by asking the ICC to sever ties with nations that harbored ties with terrorists.
BCCI officers didn’t deliver up the request at a latest ICC board assembly but it surely was introduced up – and turned down – by the ICC head Shashank Manohar.
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent
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