Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhry has urged the ICC to take action against Virat Kohli-led team for politicizing the game by wearing army caps during the third ODI against Australia.
Indian players were sporting camouflage caps as a mark of tribute to the CRPF security personnel, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack.
Men in Blue also donated their match fee to the National Defence Fund, which will use the money to take care dependents of Pulwama attack martyrs.
“It’s just not cricket,” Chaudhry tweeted late on Friday. “By wearing the caps, the Indian team has politicized the Gentleman’s Game”, Dawn quoted the Information Minister as saying.
He insisted that PCB should lodge a formal protest against India.
“And if the Indian team does not stop wearing the caps, the Pakistan team ‘should (also) wear black bands to remind the World about Indian atrocities in (occupied) Kashmir,” said Chaudhry.
Many in Pakistan, including journalists Owais Tohid and Mazhar Abbas lambasted Team India for donning Army Caps.
“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 criticized the Indian players for their gesture. “Sports can defuse tension but not like this. Don’t (drag) cricketers in(to) politics.”