CWC 2023: PCB complains to ICC for unruly crowd behaviour during India vs Pakistan clash

The high-voltage India vs Pakistan clash has found itself in controversy due to uncouth crowd behaviour at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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IND vs PAK (Photo Source: Twitter)

The controversy around the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 doesn’t seem to stop as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lodged a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for unruly crowd behaviour during the match. In the game played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday, October 14, Pakistan captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan were subjected to disrespectful conduct by the crowd present in the stadium.

After the match ended, Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur had also expressed disappointment on the lack of support for his side in the world’s largest stadium. Three days after the game, PCB has finally decided to take action against it and have filed a complaint with the ICC regarding the matter. The Pakistan board also lodged another formal protest over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of visa policy for fans.

PCB informed about the matter on their X account and wrote, “The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lodged another formal protest with the ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans for the ongoing World Cup 2023. The PCB has also filed a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct targeted at the Pakistan squad during the India vs Pakistan match held on 14 October 2023.”

Notably, during the match, Pakistan captain Babar was booed at the toss while a viral video after the game showed the crowd chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram (Hail Lord Ram!)’ as Rizwan was walking back to the pavilion. After the game, Arthur had criticised the crowd behaviour by terming the match as a ‘BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) event’ rather than an ‘ICC event’. He also complained about the song ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ not being played at the venue during the game.

Also Read: 'What abuses I have got as a 16 year old in Pakistan, only I know' - Laxman Sivramakrishnan slams Rajdeep Sardesai for maligning ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants

India made it 8-0 over Pakistan in ODI World Cup

Coming back to the match, after being put in to bat first, Pakistan were bundled out for 191 in 42.5 overs as they suffered a dramatic collapse from being 155/2 at one stage. In reply, India chased down the target in 30.3 overs as captain Rohit Sharma played a breathtaking knock of 86 off 63 balls. Courtesy of their win, India extended their unbeaten run over Pakistan in the ODI World Cup to make it 8-0.


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