Indian cricketers sported camouflage military in solidarity with Indian soldiers killed last month in an attack in Pulwama by a Pakistan based militant group in the 3rd ODI against Australia. 

This didn’t go well with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a letter to International Cricket Council(ICC) asking them to take action against Indian cricket team for the same act.

What Happened

On 14th February, 40 Indian army men were killed in an attack caused by a militant group based in Pakistan.  Attack and counter-attacks were followed for the next few days in the border area. The tension is yet not complete over and demands for Indian cricket team boycotting the World Cup match against Pakistan are also making headlines.

The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and senior member Mahendra Singh Dhoni came with the idea of wearing military caps to show respect to the martyrs. Virat Kohli also announced that all the players would donate their fees from the match to a national defense fund for the families of the soldiers died in the attack.

What Followed

The Chairman of PC Ehsan Mani told reporters that they had taken up the matter to ICC.

“We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”

Mani gave the example of Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir.  He reminded all how ICC earlier took action against England all-rounder Moeen Ali and South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir for breaching ICC clothing and equipment regulations to make political statements. Mani informed,

“The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India,” he added. “The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) already announced that they had taken permission from the ICC. But it seems that the PCB isn’t ready to let go the matter so easily. According to the chairman,

“We have been in touch with ICC from day one, sent one letter already and another is being followed up in the next 12 hours. There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly.”

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