Publicado: Sáb, Marcha 16, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

PCB calls for ICC action against India for wearing army caps

PCB calls for ICC action against India for wearing army caps

A PCB official said that invitations to the ICC Chairman, CEO and heads of its affiliated boards were sent out before relations between India and Pakistan had deteriorated in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

Expressing enormous displeasure over Indian cricket team's donning military cap during a match against Australia in India, Federal Minister for information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal protest against this uncalled for act, ARY News reported.

The caps were distributed by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni among his team members before toss for the third ODI as a mark of respect to 40 CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack on February 14. The BCCI had approached the ICC before going ahead with the plan, and the ICC confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that permission had been granted as it was part of a charity fundraising effort. "They took permission from ICC for some other objective and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable", he said. We're all donating our match fees of this game to the National Defence Fund.

PCB calls for ICC action against India for wearing army caps
PCB calls for ICC action against India for wearing army caps

Mani, however, insisted that ICC should take "strong action" against India, especially as there was already precedent for the same.

Mani said they have reminded the ICC about the disciplinary action they took against Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali few years back when the players tried to make a political statement on field.

"We will be sending another letter to the ICC in next 12 hours after more consultations with our lawyers", he added. "We don't do politics, neither we do we use cricket for politics". The two cricket boards had been at loggerheads for some time and after the attack, the relationship between the two boards took another hitting. The BCCI initially wanted to have Pakistan banned from the World Cup this summer, before deciding to tone that down by asking the ICC to "sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates". ICC, however, declined the request, stating that it does not have the authority to do so.

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