The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a strong letter to International Cricket Council and asked them to take action against India for wearing camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia.
Indian cricketers, in solidarity with Indian soldiers, killed last month in an attack in Pulwama by a Pakistan based militant group. The bombing killed 40 Indian army men was followed by attack and counter attacks in the border area. There are also demands for an Indian cricket team to boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani told reporters in Karachi that they had taken up the matter to ICC and waiting for a response. “We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”
ICC To Take Decision
Mani also explained the situation by giving an example of Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir. ICC earlier acted against England all-rounder Moeen Ali and South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir for breaching ICC clothing and equipment regulations to make political statements. Mani said, “The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India,” he added. “The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.
Although the BCCI already cleared the issue saying they had taken permission from the ICC the PCB isn’t ready to take the matter lightly. In the same line, Mani opined, “We have been in touch with ICC from day one, sent one letter already and another is being followed up in the next 12 hours. There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly.”
The idea came from the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It will be interesting to see how ICC handles the issue between these two arch-rivals.