Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a letter addressed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) has called for stern against Indian National Cricket team for wearing her army caps during the third ODI against Australia at Ranchi.
Gesture towards armed forces
Meanwhile, the act of wearing special army caps was a gesture to the armed forces in the wake of the recent Pulwama attack. The Pulwama attack on February 14 took away the lives of more than 40 Indian jawans. Pakistan based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the attack. Since then, there has been a call for boycotting Pakistan in the ICC World Cup in June. However, ICC has cleared their stance that they will go on with the game which has garnered massive support from the fans. The applications for the ticket sale is significantly more than the other games including the finale.
As a tribute to the martyrs, Virat Kohli-led showed a heart-warming gesture wearing the camouflaged caps for the fourth ODI at Ranchi. The act garnered massive support from the fans, and they stood up to laud the move by the team management. Former Indian National Cricket team skipper MS Dhoni, who got the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in November 2011, is most likely playing his final game at his home ground. According to reports, the idea was the brainchild of the wicketkeeper-batsman himself.
However, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani has called for strong action against the Indian National Cricket team. He also added that they had made a strong point to ICC regarding their intention on this matter. In addition to, Mani also said they would send another letter to the apex body after consulting with their lawyers.
“We have made our point very strongly to the ICC which now has no doubts or confusion about our intention or stance now on this matter,” Mani told reporters. “We will be sending another letter to the ICC in next 12 hours after more consultations with our lawyers,” he added.
Cricket should stay from politics
Furthermore, Ehsan Mani also pointed out that cricket should always stay away from politics. He also noted that this is the second time the Board of Control for Cricket in India have tried to use cricket for the sake of politics. In conclusion, Mani stated that this kind of acts from BCCI is not acceptable at any point.
“This is the second that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has tried to use cricket for politics. They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” he concluded.