PCB takes 'strong notice' of India's army caps

The BCCI said they had sought permission from the world governing body before Friday’s match Indian media reported

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During a press conference, a Pakistani journalist Shoaib Jatt chose to put Ingram in a spot and asked him about his views on Indian team wearing the Army-themed caps and is bringing politics in cricket is right from the Indian team. I, as the captain of the team, would urge everyone in the country to do the same, donate how much ever they can to the National Defence Fund and help in the education and well-being of the families and the children of those who lost their lives in the attack.

"The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted", ICC's General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said in a statement. Chaudhry further urged PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to raise a protest.

Mani said that Pakistan's stance is very clear that cricket must not be used for politics.

"We have strongly taken up the matter with the ICC", PCB chairman Ehsan Mani told reporters in Karachi.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday expressed disappointment at Indian cricket team's decision to don army caps during its match against Australia, Radio Pakistan reported.

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"Their [India] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly", he added. But the matches in Lahore, which is near the border with India, were also moved to Karachi after soaring tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors last month sparked fears of an all-out war.

Ties between the two boards have deteriorated sharply in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

Colin Ingram, the South African cricketer is now part of the T20 league being organized by the PCB and is playing for the Karachi based team.

European Central Bank argued that the bands made a humanitarian statement rather than a political one, but ICC said in reply in 2014 that, "The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an worldwide match".

"You have two examples from the past already, where both Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali were sanctioned for something similar", Mani said. The permission they took was for a different goal but they acted differently.

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