The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said that Indian team was given permission to wear Army camouflage caps in the third One-day International against Australia in Ranchi. ICC’s General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said that the BCCI had sought permission from the global body to wear camouflage caps as a part of fundraising drive and in memory of slain soldiers, who were killed in Pulwama.
The response of the ICC comes after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sough action against India for wearing military caps in the cricket match.
Calling the Indian action unacceptable, the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani on Sunday said that the BCCI got permission for some other purpose but they did something else.
According to reports, Mani claimed that after wearing military caps, the credibility of the Indian team went down. He further said that cricket and sports should not be used for politics.
Last month, the BCCI requested ICC to sever ties with countries from where terrorism emanates, indirect reference towards Pakistan for abetting terrorism. However, the international cricketing body turned down the request, saying it was not possible for them to ban Pakistan.
Both the countries are schdeuled to play World Cup 2019 match in June Manchester, but people including veteran cricketers have called for a boycott. Now, the government will decide whether to play against the neighbouring country or not.
It all started on February 14, when a suicide bomber rammed his car into the CRPF convoy and killed at least 44 jawans. Pakistan-based terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed the responsibility for the attack. The terror attack triggered tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries.