ICC validates BCCI's permission surrounding wearing camouflage caps in Ranchi

ICC validates BCCI’s permission surrounding wearing camouflage caps in Ranchi

The Indian team wore the caps in the Ranchi ODI against Australia.

ICC Head Quarters
ICC Head Quarters. (Photo Source: ICC)

Days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tried to corner Pakistan in international cricket seeking its isolation in the wake of the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, killing over 40 CRPF jawans, the neighbouring nation found an opportunity to hit back after the Indian cricket team decided to don camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on March 8 in memory of the martyred soldiers.

According to Pakistan, it was a gesture that politicised cricket. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) raised an objection to the move by the Indian cricketers at the JSCA Stadium by writing a strong letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) demanding action against India.

However, the ICC chose to not side with Pakistan telling its board that the BCCI had sought permission from the international cricket governing body for wearing the caps to pay respect to the martyrs.

“The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted,” The Times of India (TOI) cited reports as quoting Claire Furlong, ICC’s General Manager Strategic Communications.

‘BCCI misused permission’

PCB alleged that the BCCI took permission from the ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else. “They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, also a former ICC president, was quoted as saying in Karachi on Sunday.

Last month, as outrage continued throughout India over the deaths of the personnel, calls came up from some cricketers – current and former – to boycott the upcoming World Cup clash with Pakistan and even sever all ties with the neighbouring country. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.

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