Pakistan seeks ICC’s action on allowing military caps to Indian cricketers

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SUKKUR: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood on Saturday moved the International Cricket Council to take notice of the Indian team for wearing military caps during the third One Day International (ODI) against Australia.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced that the Indian team will be wearing the caps during the match “as [a] mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces”.

While addressing media on how Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been using jingoism as a tool for compulsion till elections, he raised concern over BCCI’s attempt of politicising the game by making Indian cricketers’ wear camouflage caps.

“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.”

He went on to state that the Indian premier is facing a backlash from the opposition for promoting aggression and are seeking the truth behind the Pulwama attack. “Modi’s claims are not being accepted in India, so at this time there can be no expectation that he speaks of peace.

“We understand Modi’s compulsions and don’t want to give any chance which he turns into an excuse for aggression. We have given them [India] a clear message of peace but if any aggression is done then we have the right and capability of self-defence,” Qureshi added.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry also raised that Modi is creating a war frenzy and is using Pulwama incident for his personal political gains.

Chaudhry added that chances of moving towards peace appear to be difficult until elections.