"The world saw that the Indian cricket team wore military caps instead of their own, did ICC not see this? We think that it is the ICC's responsibility to take notice of this without the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) bringing it up," Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said
Karachi: Pakistan has demanded that the International Cricket Council (ICC) take note of Indian cricketers wearing camouflage military caps during the third ODI against Australia, accusing Virat Kohli team's of politicising the game.
As a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama terrorist attack, Indian cricketers sported the Army cap and also donated their match fee for the welfare of the families of the martyrs.
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Taking an exception to the gesture, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the ICC must do something about it.
"The world saw that the Indian cricket team wore military caps instead of their own, did ICC not see this? We think that it is the ICC's responsibility to take notice of this without the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) bringing it up," Qureshi was quoted as saying by Pakistan media.
India had lost the match by 32 runs but still lead the five-match series 2-1.
After winning the toss, captain Virat Kohli said it is a “special cap” and a “special game” for India. He also urged all Indians to donate to the national defence fund just like the cricketers.
“It is a special cap. This is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack and their families. And, all the players in the team have decided to donate their match fees of this particular game to the national defence fund. And, I as the captain of the team would urge everyone in the country to do the same, donate how much ever they can to the national defence fund, and, help in the education and well-being of the families and children of those who lost their lives in the attack. So, it is a very special cap and a very special game indeed,” Kohli said.
Information minister Fawad Chaudhry echoed Qureshi's sentiment.
"It's just not Cricket," Chaudhry tweeted in the evening, attaching a picture which showed Indian cricketers wearing the cap.
"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," Chaudhry wrote.
“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
The minister urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal protest against India with the sport's world governing body.
At least 50 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the suicide attack on February 14, the responsibility of which was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
(With inputs from PTI)
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Last Updated 9, Mar 2019, 3:38 PM