Pakistan demand action on India caps

The BCCI said they had sought permission from the world governing body before Friday’s match Indian media reported

Pakistan demand action on India caps

Taking an exception to the gesture, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the International Cricket Council must do something about it.

Fawad added that Pakistan and India should promote peace in the region but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying his best to gain political points using the current situation.

India captain Virat Kohli 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.

Expressing enormous displeasure over Indian cricket team's donning military cap during a match against Australia in India, Federal Minister for information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal protest against this uncalled for act, ARY News reported.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced on Friday that the Indian team would be wearing camouflage caps during their third ODI match against Australia in Ranchi "as (a) mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces".

"It's just not cricket", Chaudhry tweeted late on Friday. "Caps pehni to utaar bi deen (They wore the caps but took them off as well)", Afridi was quoted as saying. "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.

However, the ICC chose to not side with Pakistan telling its board that the BCCI had sought permission from the worldwide cricket governing body for wearing the caps to pay respect to the martyrs.

Many in Pakistan, including journalists Owais Tohid and Mazhar Abbas echoed similar views.

The information minister also criticised the Indian cricket team for wearing military caps during a recent match with Australia. "Sports can defuse tension but not like this". Talking to the media in Lahore, Fawad said New Delhi should refrain from politicising cricket.

The suicide bombing killed 40 in Kashmir and prompted India to launch an air strike inside Pakistan, which responded with an aerial attack the next day.

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