The Indian cricket team took permission to wear camouflage caps during a one-day international against Australia in Ranchi, the ICC said Monday.
Former skipper MS Dhoni distributed the caps among team India for the third ODI to pay tribute to martyr 40 Indian soldiers in a terror attack in Pulwama in February.
“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,” Claire Furlong told The Associated Press.
The move by the Board of Control for Cricket in India was heavily criticised in Pakistan. Information minister Fawad Chaudhry even called for the ICC to ban the Indian cricket team for mixing politics with sports.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani said he has “strongly taken up the matter with the ICC”.
“There’s absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position,” Mani said late on Sunday in Karachi. “We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their [India’s] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”
Lahore was ruled out when its air space was temporarily closed in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. But PCB was adamant to show the cricketing world that it’s safe to play cricket in Pakistan by organising eight PSL games in Karachi.
In the past, the ICC has reprimanded or banned international players for showing off their political sentiments during international matches.
All rounder Moeen Ali was banned five years ago for wearing wristbands showing off ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ during a Test match against India.
Spinner Imran Tahir was reprimanded for showing an image of Pakistan singer Junaid Jamshed underneath his shirt in 2017. Jamshed had died in a plane crash in December 2016.
“You have two examples from the past already, where both Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali were sanctioned for something similar,” Mani said. “The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India. The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.”