India had ICC authorisation to wear camouflage caps against Australia

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The camouflage caps India wore during a one day international against Australia last Friday caused quite a controversy.

Distributed by MS Dhoni among his teammates leading up to the toss in Ranchi, the caps were intended as a tribute to the 40 Indian soldiers killed during the Pulwama terror attack last month.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India subsequently came under heavy criticism - particularly in Pakistan given the recent tensions between the two nations - for mixing politics with sports.

However, new details indicate that India wasn’t stepping out of line, at least as far as the ICC had informed them.

The governing body has since stated it did authorise the home side to alter their uniform as a mark of respect.

“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 spokeswoman Claire Furlong told The Associated Press in an e-mail on Monday, via Sky Sports.

In response to the inaction, Pakistani Information minister Fawad Chaudhry called for the ICC to ban the Indian cricket team, while Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani said he has “strongly taken up the matter with the ICC”.

"There's absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position," Mani said late on Sunday in Karachi.

"We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their [India's] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”

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The ICC has previously reprimanded and even banned players for showing off political sentiments during international matches.

Citing recent incidents, Mani added: “You have two examples from the past already, where both Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali were sanctioned for something similar.”

“The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India. The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.”

England all-rounder Moeen Ali was banned in 2014 for wearing wristbands with the slogans 'Save Gaza' and 'Free Palestine' during a test match against India.

In 2017, South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir received a formal warning for displaying an image of Pakistan pop singer Junaid Jamshed - who died in a plane crash in December 2016 - underneath his shirt during a T20 match against Sri Lanka.

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