Indian cricketers wore army camouflage-style caps in a lost game against Australia to show solidarity with Indian soldiers killed in disputed Kashmir. Pakistan says International Cricket Council must take action against violation of rules.
Pakistan has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take action against Indian cricketers wearing army camouflage-type caps during an ODI against Australia as border tensions continue between the two nuclear-armed nations.
"The world saw that the Indian cricket team wore military caps instead of their own, did ICC not see this?," Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was quoted by the local media as saying.
"We think that it is the ICC's responsibility to take notice of this without the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) bringing it up," he said.
Indian cricketers wore the military caps in solidarity with Indian paramilitary police killed in a militant attack in the India-administered Kashmir last month.
Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also slammed the Indian team in a tweet, saying "it's just not Cricket."
“It’s just not Cricket”, I hope ICC ll take action for politicising Gentleman’s game ... if Indian Cricket team ll not be stopped, Pak Cricket team should wear black bands to remind The World about Indian atrocities in Kashmir... I urge #PCB to lodge formal protest pic.twitter.com/GoCHM9aQqm— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 8, 2019
"And if the Indian team will not be stopped, Pak cricket team should wear black bands to remind The World about Indian atrocities in Kashmir," the minister said.
He urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal protest against India with ICC.
#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces— BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019
And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20vi
'A special cap'
"It's a special cap," Indian captain Virat Kohli said before the third in a five-match one-day series with Australia. "This is to pay respect to the martyrs ... and their families."
He said all the players would donate their fees from the match to a national defence fund to help out the families of defence personnel who die on duty.
Kohli also urged all Indians to contribute to the fund.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a clip on Twitter of commentators for the match also wearing the caps, signing off the tweet with "#JaiHind", or "Hail India".
No other sport produces as much poetry as cricket.— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) March 9, 2019
The Indian cricket team, now caught up in the nation's hyper-nationalist, anti-Pakistan/Muslim hysteria, wore special caps to honor India's military.
So, Pakistani born Australian batsmen blasted 104 runs against them 😆 pic.twitter.com/wwOjh9W7pg
Hi @ICC - I want an explanation here!— Bea (@HerNameIs_Bea) March 8, 2019
You banned #MoeenAli for a wristband showing support with a bleeding #Gaza
Today the whole Indian #CricketTeam marched in with ARMY caps. The same army killed 95,000 Kashmiris since 89.
Did you allow ARMY marketing #ICC?
Rules are clear 👇 pic.twitter.com/94i77GZ0BG
A Huffington Post opinion article called the Indian decision "a dangerous sign", adding, "never before has the team worn jingoistic symbols so overtly."
The BCCI has in recent days tried unsuccessfully to isolate Pakistan in the cricketing world. The ICC rejected India's calls to boycott games against Pakistan, whose prime minister is former cricketing hero Imran Khan.
But there are still calls within India for the national team to pull out of a World Cup match against Pakistan in June in England.