PCB wants ICC to take action against Indian players for wearing camouflage caps in Ranchi
"We have made our point very strongly to the ICC,"- Ehsan Mani.
Updated - Mar 11, 2019 10:17 am
The Indian cricketers took a heartfelt step in the third ODI against Australia at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. Prior to the game, wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni, the Lieutenant Colonel with the Indian Army, distributed camouflage caps to the players, which they donned during the game. The initiative was to pay tribute to the martyrs of the Pulwama Attacks in the district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, also announced that the entire match fees would be donated to the National Defence Fund. However, the step hasn’t gone down well with Pakistan by any means. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry went on to slam the Indian players and also asked the International Cricket Council to take note of the situation.
In the meantime, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also written to the ICC surrounding the matter. Ehsan Mani, the PCB chief, isn’t satisfied and mentioned that the step by the Men in Blue is not acceptable. Moreover, he alleged the BCCI for its attempt to use cricket for politics.
It is not acceptable
“We have made our point very strongly to the ICC which now has no doubts or confusion about our intention or stance now on this matter. We will be sending another letter to the ICC in next 12 hours after more consultations with our lawyers,” Mani was quoted as saying to the reporters at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday night.
“This is the second time that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has tried to use cricket for politics. They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” he added.
An official of the The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) earlier mentioned that it had taken permission from David Richardson, the chief of the ICC, before resorting to the move of wearing the caps during the course of the game in Ranchi, which also happens to be Dhoni’s hometown.