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India Took Permission From ICC To Wear Army Caps Says BCCI On Pakistan Protest

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| March 10 , 2019 , 14:32 IST

After Pakistan complained over Indian cricket team's use of Army camouflage military caps during the third ODI against Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cleared its stance on the issue on Sunday.

BCCI claimed that it had taken permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson to let the players participate in a charity fund-raising effort and wear army caps with the BCCI crest.

The BCCI also cited similar gestures by cricketers during Pink Test in Sydney, which is held to create awareness towards breast cancer, and the Poppies in England.

As a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulawama terrorist attack, Indian cricketers sported the Army cap and also donated their match fee, Rs 7 lakh each, the reserves Rs 3.5 lakh each and the support staff giving Rs 1 lakh each, for the welfare of the families of the victims.

MS Dhoni, who reportedly was the man behind the initiative, presented each member of the Indian team with the army cap before himself accepting one from Kohli ahead of the match.

Pakistan had raised strong objections about the kind gesture by the Indian team. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said,

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.

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Information Minister Fawad Choudhry also echoed similar sentiments and said "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.

The Pulwama terror attack took place on February 14th and was carried out by a suicide bomber, who rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying soldiers. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed the responsibility of the dastardly attack.