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No tit-for-tat: PM Imran Khan tells his boys


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

Smarting from Kohli’s group’s act of dressed in army caps publish Pulwama terror assault, Pakistan players’ request to retaliate on the field shot down by their PM Imran Khan

IN LONDON Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has extended any other olive department to India by asking his national players on the World Cup in England to ‘stick to cricket’ all the way through the India vs Pakistan match in Manchester on June 16.

A senior respectable in the Pakistan status quo advised Mumbai Mirror that a proposal used to be despatched to Imran’s govt that Sarfaraz Ahmed and his group wanted to have a good time India’s wickets ‘another way’ in retaliation to Kohli and Co. dressed in army caps all the way through a one-day international against Australia at Ranchi in March.


Skipper Virat Kohli and the remainder of Indian squad turned out for the game dressed in the camouflage military caps, which had the BCCI’s emblem on it, as tribute to the CRPF workforce who lost their lives in the Pulwama terrorist assault on February 14. Pakistan had raised strong objection, saying the Indian group used to be deviating from sport.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing frame, has codes for all sorts of conducts. The ICC officers said they haven’t won any particular request from the Pakistan Cricket Board, and in case of India dressed in the military caps in Ranchi, the BCCI had sought the permission for the same.

The ICC has also asked MS Dhoni to take away the military insignia on his glove, saying it used to be against its rules. Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Parachute Regiment of Territorial Army, had the regimental dagger insignia of the para forces embossed on his inexperienced wicket-keeping gloves all the way through India’s first match in the event, against South Africa.

While it remains to be observed whether Dhoni does remove the insignia all the way through India’s subsequent match, against Australia on Sunday, the muchawaited India vs Pakistan clash used to be in serious doubt on the peak of hysteria between the two nations publish Pulwama. There had been calls to boycott the Pakistan match in the World Cup, but now that two groups will certainly clash for the primary time since Pulwama, the Pakistan players had been thinking about some show of aggression, the Pakistani respectable said.

“Prime Minister Khan has obviously conveyed to the players that they will have to benefit from the recreation and not bask in overt show of political diplomacy or aggression. He is obvious that sport should not blend with politics, therefore there is probably not anything like what the Indian cricket group did not too long ago,” the respectable said.


This comes on the again of Imran’s govt refusing Mumbai assault mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s request of leading the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore. This used to be the primary time in a long time that Saeed couldn’t lead Eid prayers on the Qaddafi Stadium, to which he had unhindered access all the way through Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Azha.

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ehsan Mani, who used to be also the International Cricket Council chief a couple of years in the past, all but confirmed his govt asking its players to chill out ahead of the India clash. “We is not going to lodge to what the opposite party has accomplished,” Mani said. “There could be sporadic celebrations in case of a hundred, like Misbah-ul Haq’s push-u.s.all the way through the Lord’s Test in 2016 which used to be a tribute to the military, but nothing different on the fall of a wicket,” he added.


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


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