India lost the third ODI in the ongoing series against Australia at Ranchi. The Aussies won the game by 32 runs and lessened the margin of the series by 2-1. But the match will be remembered for a different cause.
The Indian players took to the field wearing camouflaged military caps. Before the start of the game, former captain MS Dhoni distributed the military caps. Dhoni is also the Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian army.
The decision was taken by Dhoni himself. The act was done to show tribute to martyred soldies of Pulwama attack. Even skipper Virat Kohli announced that the match fees will be donated to National Defence Fund (NDF).
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All-rounder Kedar Jadhav was seen saluting Dhoni while receiving the cap. It was indeed a heartwarming decision from the management. Meanwhile reports reveal that BCCI took permission from ICC before taking this initiative.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had requested permission from ICC CEO Dave Richardson on Thursday to let the players participate in a charity fund-raising effort and wear army caps with the BCCI crest in memory of the fallen soldiers,” a source told to Times of India (TOI).
Previously Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi protested India’s initiative. He asked ICC to take action regarding BCCI’s decision. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that Pakistan will wear black bands to protest against proceedings in Kashmir.