Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Lodges Formal Protest Over Inappropriate Conduct
In the wake of their ICC World Cup clash with arch-rivals India, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took a stand against unsuitable behavior directed at the Pakistani cricket team members. This step came just days after Babar Azam and his team faced the long-standing jinx against Team India in the 50-over spectacle.
India vs. Pakistan: A Pinnacle of Their Rivalry
On a high-profile Tuesday fixture, India and Pakistan resumed their epic cricket rivalry at the grandest stage of them all, the ICC World Cup. However, the match ended with India clinching a victory by 7 wickets, extending their winning streak over Pakistan in World Cup encounters.
Mickey Arthur Speaks Out on Crowd Behavior
Post the high-voltage clash, team director and chief coach Mickey Arthur shed light on the behavior of the crowd at the jam-packed Narendra Modi Stadium. Expressing concerns over the conduct, the PCB raised a formal complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
PCB’s Protests Gain Momentum: Delayed Visas and Concerns for Journalists
Shortly after India’s win, PCB escalated its concerns by formally protesting the delay in visa issuance for Pakistani journalists. This protest followed PCB chief Zaka Ashraf’s earlier worries about similar delays for Pakistani fans and journalists attending the World Cup.
Crowd Behavior Raises Alarms: The Rizwan Incident
Reports emerged of wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan facing heckling from fans during the India-Pakistan match. Fans were heard shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ (Hail Lord Ram) multiple times as Rizwan walked back to the pavilion. The incident sparked a significant debate on social media.
Fever Strikes Pakistan Squad: Preparing for the Next Battle
Adding to the challenges, several members of the Pakistani squad battled fever during their stay in Bengaluru. However, the team’s medical panel ensured proper care and monitoring for the affected players. As the team recuperated, they set their sights on the upcoming clash with Australia in the World Cup.