Replying over the issue of wearing ‘military caps’ by Team India cricketers during an international match against Australia in the third ODI at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi, the world body of cricket – International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally broken the silence. In an official statement, ICC said India were granted permission to wear camouflage military caps in the third rubber as a tribute to the country’s armed forces, a gesture which Pakistan has objected to.
In the third ODI in Ranchi on March 8, the Indian team sported military caps as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund.
“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’s General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said in a statement.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had sent a strongly-worded letter to the ICC, calling for action against India for wearing the caps.
“They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said on Sunday in Karachi.
Last month, the BCCI had asked the ICC to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” following the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The responsibility of the attack was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Ahead of the 3rd ODI versus Australia, skipper Virat Kohli said that the Indian cricket team will be dedicating the match fees to the Pulwama martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the recent terror attack in Kashmir. In honour of the Armed forces, all the members of Team India will also don camouflage caps.
“This is a special cap, it’s a tribute to our Armed forces. We’re all donating our match fees of this game to the families of the martyrs. I urge everyone in the country to do the same and stick to the families of our armed forces,” Kohli said after the toss on Friday.
Former captain MS Dhoni — who was honored with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel himself a few years ago — presented the cap to Virat Kohli and the team after the warm-up at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.
(With PTI Inputs)