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India got permission to wear caps in memory of soldiers, says ICC 

New Delhi, March 11

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said India was granted permission for their players to wear camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia as a tribute to the country’s armed forces, a gesture which Pakistan has objected to. 

In the third ODI in Ranchi on March 8, the Indian team sported military caps as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in last month’s Pulwama terror attack. The players also donated their match fee to the National Defence Fund.

“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,” Claire Furlong, ICC’s General Manager (Strategic Communications), said in a statement. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had sent a strongly-worded letter to ICC, calling for action against India for wearing the caps.

However, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said on Sunday in Karachi: “They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable.”

Last month, BCCI had asked ICC to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” following the Pulwama terror attack, for which Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad had taken responsibility.

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