The Team India wearing the camouflage caps was a step to honour cricketer and former India captain M S Dhoni at his home ground as he is an honorary lieutenant colonel in Indian Territorial Army. ICC’s permission was taken for it months ago.
BCCI had planned to honour Dhoni at his home ground, Ranchi, while Australia will tour India months, an Indian daily has reported.
As per the schedule Indian Cricket Control Board had informed and taken clearance from the apex body of world cricket (ICC) about wearing camouflage caps in Ranchi around five months ago.
During the third ODI, held at Ranchi, against Australia Indian players had sported special camouflage caps on Friday as a mark of respect for the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Pulwama terrorist attack.
After the incident Pakistan government wanted the ICC to take action against India for politicising the game in view of the anti-terror strikes on Pakistan to avenge Pulwama terror attack in India.
Asked why they picked the Ranchi ODI to do so, a top BCCI official said, “Since MS Dhoni is honorary lieutenant colonel in the Indian Territorial Army, it was decided to give this honour to him at his home ground.”
However, it is learnt that the idea of Indian players and BCCI officials is to make this an annual affair at home after seeing the success of the Pink Test campaign in Australia.