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Ahead of India vs Pakistan match on June 16, ‘Kaptaan’ Khan steps in to diffuse tensions

Smarting from Kohli’s group’s act of wearing army caps submit Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan players’ request to retaliate on the field shot down via their PM Imran Khan

IN LONDON Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has prolonged every other olive department to India via asking his nationwide players at the World Cup in England to ‘persist with cricket’ right through the India vs Pakistan match in Manchester on June 16.

A senior respectable within the Pakistan status quo informed Mumbai Mirror that a proposal was once despatched to Imran’s government that Sarfaraz Ahmed and his group sought after to celebrate India’s wickets ‘in a different way’ in retaliation to Kohli and Co. wearing army caps right through a one-day global towards Australia at Ranchi in March.


Skipper Virat Kohli and the remainder of Indian squad grew to become out for the sport wearing the camouflage military caps, which had the BCCI’s emblem on it, as tribute to the CRPF group of workers who lost their lives within the Pulwama terrorist attack on February 14. Pakistan had raised strong objection, saying the Indian group was once deviating from game.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport’s governing frame, has codes for all sorts of conducts. The ICC officials mentioned they haven’t won any particular request from the Pakistan Cricket Board, and in case of India wearing the army caps in Ranchi, the BCCI had sought the permission for a similar.

The ICC has also asked MS Dhoni to take away the army insignia on his glove, saying it was once towards its rules. Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel within the Parachute Regiment of Territorial Army, had the regimental dagger insignia of the para forces embossed on his inexperienced wicket-keeping gloves right through India’s first match within the tournament, towards South Africa.

While it remains to be seen whether Dhoni does remove the insignia right through India’s subsequent match, towards Australia on Sunday, the muchawaited India vs Pakistan conflict was once in critical doubt at the height of anxiety between the 2 international locations submit Pulwama. There were calls to boycott the Pakistan match within the World Cup, however now that two teams will indeed conflict for the primary time since Pulwama, the Pakistan players were all for some show of aggression, the Pakistani respectable mentioned.

“Prime Minister Khan has obviously conveyed to the players that they will have to enjoy the game and now not take pleasure in overt show of political diplomacy or aggression. He is obvious that game will have to now not blend with politics, hence there is probably not anything like what the Indian cricket group did lately,” the respectable mentioned.


This comes on the back of Imran’s government refusing Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s request of leading the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore. This was once the primary time in a long time that Saeed couldn’t lead Eid prayers at the Qaddafi Stadium, to which he had unhindered get entry to right through Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Azha.

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ehsan Mani, who was once also the International Cricket Council leader a couple of years in the past, all however showed his government asking its players to relax ahead of the India conflict. “We won't lodge to what the opposite birthday celebration has accomplished,” Mani mentioned. “There may well be sporadic celebrations in case of 100, like Misbah-ul Haq’s push-u.s.right through the Lord’s Test in 2016 which was once a tribute to the army, however not anything other at the fall of a wicket,” he added.


But that’s a large IF. For, Virat and group may smartly end up doing the celebrating.

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