Pakistan has moved to the global governing body for the game of cricket to complain against Indian player’s donning military cap during the international match between India and Australia on Friday. Asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take action against the gesture, Pakistani Minister Minister Fawad Chaudhary has called this “politicisation” of the sport of cricket.
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”.
The Pakistan Minister further threatened that if Indians don’t stop wearing such caps to honor their troops, then Pakistani players will also start wearing arm bands to protest against the alleged atrocities in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“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
Here the Minister should know that it is Pakistan which has illegally occupied a part of the Jammu and Kashmir state which in its entirety belongs to India alone. He should also know that the only people to unleash atrocities on the innocent civilians of Jammu and Kashmir are the Pakistani state and its patronised terrorist outfits such as JeM.
Many in Pakistan, including journalists Owaisi Tohid and Mazhar Abbas echoed similar views.
“Sad to see war hysteria in Indian cricket team with great players like Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni leading it,” Tohid said in a tweet. “Heroes shouldn’t act like losers,” he added.
Abbas termed the decision to wear the camouflage caps the “militarisation of Indian cricket”. “Sports can defuse tension but not like this. Don’t (drag) cricketers in(to) politics.”
The development came as Pakistan and India reeled from two weeks of high tension following the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 paramilitary troopers.