The Pakistan Cricket Board took “sturdy discover” of the Indian cricket group carrying navy camouflage caps throughout their third one-day worldwide towards Australia in Ranchi, ESPNcricinfo reported.
The cricket board has urged the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) to take motion towards the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI).
MS Dhoni, who’s an honorary lieutenant colonel within the Indian territorial military, distributed the caps to the group earlier than the toss. The transfer was meant to pay tribute to the troopers killed within the February 14 Pulwama assault.
“We’ve strongly taken up the matter with the ICC. There may be completely no misunderstanding within the ICC about our place. We consider that cricket and sports activities shouldn’t be used for politics and we’ve got stated this very clearly. Their [India] credibility within the cricketing world has gone down very badly,” PCB Chairperson Ehsan Mani stated.
Indian captain Virat Kohli had stated that carrying the caps have been meant to encourage their countrymen to donate to the Nationwide Defence Fund.
“That is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama assault and their households. All of the gamers have determined to donate their match charges from this specific sport to the Nationwide Defence Fund. I, because the captain of the group, would urge everybody within the nation to do the identical, donate how a lot ever they’ll to the Nationwide Defence Fund and assist in the training and well-being of the households and the kids of those that misplaced their lives within the assault. So it is a very particular cap and a really particular sport certainly,” he stated.
Mani, nevertheless, insisted the ICC ought to take “sturdy motion” towards India, particularly as there was already precedent for such a scenario.
“You’ve got two examples from the previous already, the place each Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali have been sanctioned for one thing comparable. The ICC had taken sturdy motion towards them and we’ve got sought comparable motion towards India. The permission they took was for a distinct goal however they acted in another way. We’ve been in contact with the 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 don’t do politics, neither will we use cricket for politics,” Mani stated.