Indian Cricket Team Violates ICC Rules By Wearing Camouflage Caps in an ODI

In an unprecedented move, the Indian cricket team is wearing army caps to pay tribute to the victims of Pulwama incident and the Indian army.

While this may be done to show solidarity with the armed forces, it might actually be a breach of the ICC code of conduct.

One of the rules, under the sub-section ‘Personal Messages’, states:

Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey personal messages through arm bands or items affixed to clothing or equipment (“Personal Messages”) unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and ICC Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to religious, political or racial activities or causes.

The code of conduct further reads, “The ICC shall have the final say in determining whether any such message is approved. For the avoidance of doubt, where a message is approved by the player or team official’s Board but subsequently disapproved by the ICC Cricket Operations Department, the player or team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey such message in International matches.”

Let’s have a look.

The commentators were also made to wear the camouflage caps.

In one of the tweets, BCCI shared a picture of MS Dhoni presenting the cap to Virat Kohli saying:

Lt Col Mahendra Singh Dhoni presents the camouflage cap to Team India Captain, Virat Kohli.

Amid the recent tensions between Pakistan and India, the Indian cricketers have been actively seen politicizing the game. Bringing the army into the sport, especially in the wake of recent tensions, is clearly political. While the Pakistani side is trying to diffuse the tensions.

It remains to be seen whether the ICC takes notice of the matter or not. If it doesn’t, it would clearly reflect BCCI’s influence in ICC. There are also a number of Indians occupying top positions in international cricket’s governing body.

Earlier, the ICC banned English cricketer, Moeen Ali from wearing “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine” wristbands during international matches.

Another such incident took place when South African spinner Imran Tahir was reprimanded – citing the display of personal message without prior approval from ICC – for paying tribute to the Islamic scholar Junaid Jamshed after his death.

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  • ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCCI had approached the ICC before going ahead with the plan, and that the ICC confirmed there was no breach of match regulations. “We discussed with the BCCI as they requested permission, it is as part of a charity fundraising effort,” an ICC spokesperson explained.

  • ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCCI had approached the ICC before going ahead with the plan, and that the ICC confirmed there was no breach of match regulations. “We discussed with the BCCI as they requested permission, it is as part of a charity fundraising effort,” an ICC spokesperson explained.

  • Paki team once did push ups n everyone knows who made them do it…Then why object on indians for wearing caps???

  • اور بھارت وہ میچ بھی ہار گیا
    سچ میں بھارت کی آرمی ہی منہوس ہے بھارت کہ لئے ہمیشہ انہیں شرمندا کرتی ہے 🤔🤔🤔

  • Pakistan Cricket Team is requested to wear caps having AJK flags to show solidarity with Kashmiris. Then we will see what happens…..?


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