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India politicising sports: Fawad condemns cricketers wearing army caps


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Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has expressed displeasure over the Indian cricketers wearing Indian Army caps during the Third One Day International against Australia. Chaudhry in his condemnation statement stated that action must be taken against the players for politicizing the game.

On Friday, the players of Indian cricket team appeared in ground donning camouflaged Indian Army caps in a bid to express solidarity with the Indian troop killed in Pulwama attack.

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The Board of Control of Cricket in India had earlier informed that Indian team will be wearing caps during the match, “as [a] mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces”. The disgruntled Fawad Chaudhry reacted to this move from Indian cricket and issued a strong statement.

“It’s just not Cricket”, I hope ICC ll take action for politicizing Gentleman’s game … if Indian Cricket team ll not be stopped, Pak Cricket team should wear black bands to remind The World about Indian atrocities in Kashmir… I urge #PCB to lodge a formal protest,” tweeted Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.

India was beaten in the match by 32 runs, with opener Usman Khawaja’s maiden ODI century and incisive bowling helping Australia.

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Ironically, Usman Khawaja is “Pakistani born”.

The netizens are asking the International Cricket Council as to what action will be taken against the Indian team for breaching the code of conduct.

Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas stated that “This is called militarization of Indian cricket. Sports can defuse tension but not like this. Don’t drag cricketers in politics. ICC must take notice.”

Another senior journalist Owais Tohid also expressed his view stating that “sad to see war hysteria in Indian cricket team with great players like @imVkohli & @msdhoni leading it…Millions of young players of subcontinent idealise such stars. Heroes shouldn’t act like losers.. they should learn a lesson from Sidhu @sherryontopp”

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