The International Cricket Council’s spokesperson Claire Furlong told The Associated Press in an e-mail that the Indian cricket team was granted permission to wear the controversial army caps during a recent ODI against Australia in Ranchi. “The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted,” ICC said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced that the Indian team will be wearing the caps during the match “as [a] mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces”. The idea to sport the olive-and-black caps bearing the BCCI’s logo came from former Indian cricket captain and current player Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the game’s biggest stars and an honorary lieutenant colonel with the Indian army.
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