Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan wants ICC action against Indian team for wearing army caps

Pakistan wants ICC action against Indian team for wearing army caps

He shared a picture of Indian players in a tweet and warned that if Indian cricket team would not be stopped, then Pakistan cricket team should wear black bands to remind the world about Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

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.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli spoke about the decision at the toss before the game and urged everyone to make whatever contributions they can to the National Defence Fund.

"This is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack and their families", Kohli said.

The Indian cricket team had worn the camouflage caps during its match against Australia on Friday "as (a) mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces". "So this is a very special cap and a very special game indeed".

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European Central Bank argued that the bands made a humanitarian statement rather than a political one, but ICC said in reply in 2014 that, "The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an worldwide match".

Moeen Ali, the England allrounder, was banned in 2014 for wearing wristbands bearing the slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" on the first two days of the third Test against India at The Ageas Bowl.

Similarly, South African legspinner Imran Tahir was reprimanded by the ICC for his celebrations against Sri Lanka during a T20I. "The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India".

"We will be sending another letter to the ICC in next 12 hours after more consultations with our lawyers", he added. The permission they took was for a different objective but they acted differently.

"This is the second that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has tried to use cricket for politics".

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