Pakistan calls for action against Indian cricket team for sporting military caps

Florence Fletcher
March 16, 2019

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to censure the Indian team for its actions which he sees as being politically inflammatory.

"This is a special cap, it's a tribute to the Armed forces". The reports also said the ICC had confirmed the caps were allowed as part of a charity fundraising effort. "There is absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position".

A PCB official said that invitations to the ICC Chairman, CEO and heads of its affiliated boards were sent out before relations between India and Pakistan had deteriorated in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. "Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly".

"There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly. We have made a decision to donate our match fees to the National Defence Fund", India captain Virat Kohli was quoted as saying during the toss. "All the players have made a decision to donate their match fees from this particular game to the National Defence Fund".

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The caps were distributed by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni among his team members before toss for the third ODI as a mark of respect to 40 CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack on February 14.

Moeen Ali, the England allrounder, was banned in 2014 for wearing wristbands bearing the slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" on the first two days of the third Test against India at The Ageas Bowl.

In the past, the ICC has taken strict action against players for expressing their political sentiments during worldwide matches.in 2014, England all-rounder Moeen Ali was banned for wearing wristbands showing off slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" during a Test match against India. "The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India". "Caps pehni to utaar bi deen (They wore the caps but took them off as well)", Afridi was quoted as saying.

Fawad added that Pakistan and India should promote peace in the region but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying his best to gain political points using the current situation.

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