When Indian players donned camouflage-style army caps in the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi, a big controversy erupted with Pakistan urging the International Cricket Council to take strong action against India after their cricketers wore army caps. It was a tribute by Indian cricketers towards the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack, which was allegedly executed by a Pakistani based terror outfit.
Famous Pakistan cricketer, Shahid Afridi expressed his opinion on the topic. He said, “Caps pehni to utar bi deen (They wore but took it off as well)”
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) 11 March 2019
ICC also shared its view on the controversial topic and said, “The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers (in Pulwama attack), which was granted.”
The PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani had earlier said, “We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly. There’s absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position.”
There were also calls for boycotting Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup after the deadly Pulwama terror attack took away lives of at least, 40 CRPF jawans.