After India’s Cricket team loss in the finals of Champions Trophy against Pakistan, various parties took to Twitter to raise questions on one of the most minor issues.
People started to raise questions over Indian Cricket Team had not worn black armbands to mourn the killing of six policemen by militants in Kashmir.
Even a famous news channel Times Now, started a hashtag on the social media site, “#CricketersForgetBraves” to highlight the issue in the social media platform.
While, The Indian Hockey Team, that had won against Pakistan on the same day of the cricket team’s loss to their Pakistani counterparts, wore black armbands to condemn the kashmir attacks on Indian soldiers.
Using this information, the media house interviewed Indian cricket players on why they did not wear armbands, who chose not to comment. This led to some anti- BCCI tweets on how Indian Cricket team can forget their brave soldiers.
But here are the rules of ICC regarding armbands :
“Players and team officials shall not be permitted to wear, display or otherwise convey messages through arm bands unless approved in advance by both the player or team official’s Board and the ICC Cricket Operations Department. Approval shall not be granted for messages which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.” – ICC Clothing and Equipment Regulations, clause G, item 1.
Now there are two parts to this – ICC’s approval and the meaning behind the armband. A team must ask for the ICC Cricket Operations Department’s approval (and that of their own board, naturally) before wearing any sort of armband. They also cannot wear an armband for a ‘political, racial, or religious reasons’.
Indian Cricket team couldn’t wore the armbands due to ICC rules, while in the last few years, the Indian team has worn the black armband as a symbol of mourning the deaths of Mohammed Shami’s father, U19 coach Rajesh Sawant, late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha and Philip Hughes.