Team India had come up with a beautiful gesture for the armed forces of the nation in the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi. Before the start of the Ranchi ODI, the BCCI had announced that the Indian team would be wearing camouflage military caps during the game “as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces”. The BCCI had also said that every year during any ODI game, the Indian team would be donning the army caps as a mark of respect for the armed forces.
But while the whole country as well as some overseas star of the game appreciated the gesture, Pakistan were not happy with it. Some politicians from the country had accused Team India of politicising the game. Later, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan mani had confirmed that the board had written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take actions against India.
“They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” Mani said on Sunday in Karachi.
Well, it looks like PCB’s futile attempt has not succeeded as the ICC has confirmed that India was granted permission to wear camouflage military caps.
“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,” ICC’s General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said in a statement.
The bilateral relation between India and Pakistan, meanwhile, has further deteriorated in the wake of the attack. Last month, the BCCI had asked the ICC to ‘sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates’. Both the nations have not played a bilateral series since 2012-13. There were also question marks over the upcoming World Cup clash between the two countries. But as of now, it looks like the game will go ahead.