Pakistan consider ‘retaliatory’ celebration against India

Both teams are scheduled to lock horns on June 16 at Old Trafford, in Manchester

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Pakistan cricketers had contemplated to celebrate wickets in a different way during the India-Pakistan clash on June 16 in the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

According to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), Sarfaraz-led side wanted to respond to Indian team sporting Army caps during their home series against Australia by celebrating the fall of India wickets ‘differently’ as a retaliatory message.

Back in February 2019, the former Indian captain and the rest of the Indian team wore army-style caps before they took the field against Australia in an ODI game, inorder to honour India’s fallen army personnel in the Pulwama terror attacks.

 However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rejected Pakistan team’s idea. According to reports, the PCB Chairman clearly stated that he does not want the Men in Green to get involved in any politically motivated antics like the Indian team.

“We will not resort to what the other party has done. There could be sporadic celebrations in case of a hundred, like Misbahul Haq’s push-ups during the Lord’s Test in 2016 which was a tribute to the army, but nothing different at the fall of a wicket,” Mani is reported to have said.

Meanwhile, India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni has landed in trouble over sporting the insignia of Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to ensure that Dhoni does not wear such gloves in upcoming matcjes of the ongoing ICC World Cup in England and Wales.