Indian team has sported a ‘special cap’ named for the Ranchi ODI, 3rd ODI of the series against Australia. There was an official announcement by the Indian Crocket board that Team India will be sporting camouflage caps today as a mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the Indian armed forces.
As being reported, the idea to sport the camouflage caps bearing the BCCI’s logo came from former Indian cricket captain and current player Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who happens to be one of the cricket’s biggest stars in India and an honorary lieutenant colonel with the Indian army.
#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019
To encourage countrymen to donate for a national cause could not have been a point of objection for anyone else all around the world. We all have seen in the past that many of the cricketing events have been utilized to raise awareness for many causes lately.
Many of the sports celebrities all around the world associate themselves with many of the global causes. But what happened today, there could have been a better way chosen by BCCI to support its cause.
Sporting camouflage caps, which happens to be part of military gear how could be used on the field of cricket? Many of the cricket fans are raising this question, was it really necessary for BCCI to use camouflage caps?
Sport is considered to be the most unifying tool for peace in the world and should be used to reduce tensions. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has in recent days tried unsuccessfully to isolate Pakistan in the cricketing world. The International Cricket Council rejected India’s calls to boycott games against Pakistan.
Indian cricket teams have expressed solidarity in the past but not this kind of public display of that solidarity, but this recent display turns out to be one of its kind.
Unfortunately, in the neighbouring country sport has always been meshed with politics and people have often used it to make very strong points. The BCCI and international cricket board should keep “sports away from petty politics”.
This recent tactic was not appreciated by many of the cricket fans, here is how people are responding to these camouflage caps being worn on the cricket field:
Sad to see war hysteria in Indian cricket team with great players like @imVkohli & @msdhoni leading it…Millions young players of subcontinent idealise such stars. Heroes shouldn’t act like losers.. they should learn lesson from Sidhu @sherryontopp pic.twitter.com/MmKD3OGzgO
— Owais Tohid (@OwaisTohid) March 8, 2019
— Bea (@HerNameIs_Bea) March 8, 2019
This is called militarization of Indian cricket. Sports can defuse tension but not like this. Don't dragged cricketers in politics. ICC must take notice. https://t.co/C25QzrNkmD
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) March 8, 2019
— ThatGuy (@SandeepRokde) March 8, 2019
— Arman Haque (@peaceman_1212) March 8, 2019
— Ahmad (@ameertalks) March 8, 2019
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) March 8, 2019
— محمد لطیف (@RanaLat32071090) March 8, 2019