Pakistan versus India is the biggest rivalry in world cricket. The sport, more often than not, has suffered due to the political tensions between the two nations. Both teams have cut off cricketing ties and haven’t played any bilateral series against each other since 2012-13. The lack of bilateral series between the two nations have made their matches in ICC tournaments more enthralling.
Earlier this year, The Pulwama attack has seen relation between arch-rivals India and Pakistan hit an all-time low. In the wake of Pulwama attacks, there have been scattered voices calling India to boycott all cricketing ties with Pakistan and to forfeit the proposed World Cup fixture.
India’s cricketers sported camouflaged caps during the third One-Day International against Australia in Ranchi as a tribute to the country’s armed forces.
However, this initiative by the Board of Control for Cricket in India drew mixed reactions of people. There were many who reckoned that sports shouldn’t be used for symbolism. It was even pointed out that displaying any kind of message on the field through clothing or equipment is against the International Cricket Council’s laws.
That didn’t end here as MS Dhoni sported the army’s dagger insignia on his gloves during India’s opening match against South Africa in the World Cup, being hosted by England and Wales.
Now 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.
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.
Arch Rivals Pakistan and India will take on each other on June 16 in the biggest rivalry of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed firmly believes that every other team in the World Cup are scared of his side since they are unpredictable.
With their next two games against Australia and India, Sarfraz confirmed that his side will ensure they are well prepared for the match.
He added that given Pakistan’s unpredictability, “every other side is scared of us”.
“We now have a couple of days before the match against Australia so we will work hard before that game,” he said.
“The momentum was very high after the England game and we really wanted to play today but we still have a very confident side, so hopefully we will do well against Australia and India. We all know that the Pakistan side is considered unpredictable so every other side is scared of us; On a given day, we can be a very difficult opponent as we saw in the game against England.”