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India vs Australia: BCCI asked for ICC’s approval before donning camouflage caps in Ranchi

The caps were distributed before the game by MS Dhoni.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

On Friday, India played the third ODI of the five-match series against Australia at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. The Men in Blue slumped to a defeat by 32 runs and the series stands at 2-1 in favour of India with two encounters left to be played in Mohali and Delhi. Albeit the home team lost to Aaron Finch and Co, the encounter turned out to be a memorable one for them.

Their players donned the camouflage caps and they were distributed to the cricketers prior to the game by the veteran MS Dhoni, the hometown boy who had most probably played his last international match in Ranchi. The 37-year-old is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army and the initiative was mooted by the veteran to pay tribute to the martyrs of the Pulwama Attacks.

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David Richardson gave permission

Kedar Jadhav was also seen saluting Dhoni. Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, mentioned that they would be donating their match fees to the National Defence Fund (NDF). In the meantime, it has been learned that the country’s cricket board took permission from David Richardson, the chief of the International Cricket Council (BCCI) before taking the initiative.  

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had requested permission from ICC CEO Dave Richardson on Thursday to let the players participate in a charity fund-raising effort and wear army caps with the BCCI crest in memory of the fallen soldiers,” a source was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).

Earlier, Pakistan blamed the Indian team for wearing the caps. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi asked the ICC to take action against Virat Kohli’s men. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry went on tweet about the issue, writing that the Pakistan team should wear black bands to protest against the matter at a time when Kashmir is going through a rough phase.

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