Indian spinner Parvez Rasool drew ire of Indian fans as he opted to chew a gum instead of reciting the national anthem before the start of the first T20 in Kanpur on 68th Republic Day. Rasool is India’s only Kashmiri cricketer who earned a recall to the Indian side for the T20 series after making his debut in 2014.Also Read - ENG vs IND: Jofra Archer Set To Miss Birmingham Test As Stress Facture Rules Him Out Of English Summer
It was a great moment for Rasool as his hard work finally paid off. But he unnecessarily received ire of fans as he was spotted supposedly ‘standing in a casual manner’ and chewing gum. Also Read - Virat Kohli And The Problem Of Picking and Choosing
The moment was spotted by fans all over and they immediately took to twitter to mark their disapproval. Also read-(Virat Kohli thanks the nation for Padma Shri honour) Also Read - Ian Chappell Feels Ben Stokes Disinterest In Test Captaincy Will Land England Into Big Trouble
However, as per the Indian constitution, he is not guilty. The Section 3 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971 states that whoever intentionally prevents the singing of the Indian National Anthem or causes disturbance to any assembly engaged in such singing shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.Also read-( (Are Indian cricketers reluctant to play the T20 series against England?)
As per the above, Rasool didn’t intentionally prevent or cause any disturbance to the singing of the national anthem, and thus would not be legally punished. But fans aren’t having any of that as for them, he was clearly standing at ease and chewing gum in a manner that would suggest a show of disrespect to the national anthem.