Fawad urges PCB to lodge protest against Indian team’s army caps gesture


"This is a special cap, it's a tribute to the Armed forces".

Holding a Pakistani flag, Rehan Ahmed, a young cricket fan, said he was happy to see PSL matches being played in Pakistan. The reports also said the ICC had confirmed the caps were allowed as part of a charity fundraising effort.

"We have strongly taken up the matter with the ICC", PCB chairman Ehsan Mani told reporters in Karachi. "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".

Indian skipper Virat Kohli spoke about the decision at the toss before the game and urged everyone to make whatever contributions they can to the National Defence Fund.

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In the third ODI in Ranchi on March 8, the Indian team sported military caps as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund.

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. While the European Central Bank had defended Moeen's stance, describing his actions as humanitarian rather than political, match referee David Boon had reminded Moeen of the ICC's clothing and equipment regulations. The permission they took was for a different goal but they acted differently.

All things considered, ICC deserves praise for shooting away India's request to "sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates" where the BCCI was targeting Pakistan, but then allowing such a controversial gesture to go through, without any hindrance, in such tense times when both countries just moved a step back from probable full-scale conflict, will surely bring the world body and their policies under question.

"We will be sending another letter to the ICC in next 12 hours after more consultations with our lawyers", he added.