The Pakistan Cricket Board took “strong notice” of the Indian cricket team wearing military camouflage caps during their third one-day international against Australia in Ranchi, ESPNcricinfo reported.
The cricket board has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take action against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
MS Dhoni, who is an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Indian territorial army, distributed the caps to the team before the toss. The move was meant to pay tribute to the soldiers killed in the February 14 Pulwama attack.
“We have strongly taken up the matter with the ICC. There is absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position. 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,” PCB Chairperson Ehsan Mani said.
Indian captain Virat Kohli had said that wearing the caps were meant to encourage their countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund.
“This is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack and their families. All the players have decided to donate their match fees from this particular game to the National Defence Fund. I, as the captain of the team, would urge everyone in the country to do the same, donate how much ever they can to the National Defence Fund and help in the education and well-being of the families and the children of those who lost their lives in the attack. So this is a very special cap and a very special game indeed,” he said.
Mani, however, insisted the ICC should take “strong action” against India, especially as there was already precedent for such a situation.
“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. We have been in touch with the ICC from day one, sent one letter already and another is being followed up in next 12 hours. There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly. We don’t do politics, neither do we use cricket for politics,” Mani said.