ICC Chief breaks silence over Indian team wearing military caps, reported refusal to play World Cup match against Pakistan

ICC Chief breaks silence over Indian team wearing military caps, reported refusal to play World Cup match against Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD - In response to a question regarding the permission given by ICC to the Indian cricket team to wear military caps during a recent match against Australia, ICC Chief Richardson said the global cricket governing body has a "robust regulatory framework by which we grant consent to these types of things".

"In this case, it was a one-off consent; it was granted subject to the messaging around the wearing of the caps simply being sympathy with the people who had lost their lives in the [Pulwama] attack and in particular, to help them raise funds for the families of the people who had lost their lives," he explained.

He added that the permission was granted subject to the Indian team "making no political statement around what was happening".

Discussing cricketing ties between Pakistan and India, he said it was up to their respective cricket boards to arrange bilateral series.

But when asked what role the ICC would play if India decided to not play against Pakistan at the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales, the ICC chief said all teams were bound to play against all teams as per the rules.

"For ICC events, all teams have signed a members' participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and [in case of] any unjustified non-compliance with that provision in the agreement, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly [to the other team]," he concluded.

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