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Pak players wanted retaliatory celebrations vs India, PCB says no!

It is always an adrenaline rush contest between the India and Pakistan when these two teams turn up to play a cricket match against each other. If it is a mega tournament like ICC Cricket World Cup the eyes of the world will be on these arch rivals. 

After the Pulwama attack and Balakot airstrikes, the situation got intensified and many of the Senior cricketers opined that India should not play Pakistan in World Cup. However, India is all set to face Pakistan on June 16th.

Now, Pakistan Cricketers put forward a different proposal to their cricket board. But, Pakistan Cricket Board has turned down captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and his team’s request to celebrate India’s wickets ‘differently’ in retaliation to India wearing Army caps during an ODI in March. 

“We won’t resort to what the other party has done. There could be sporadic celebrations in case of a hundred…but nothing different at…fall of wickets,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said. Actually, Team India playing with the Army Caps in Ranchi ODI against Australia didn’t go down well with the PCB. Looks like PCB has shown some maturity on this issue. 

As far as the World Cup is concerned, the PCB’s advice seems to be sensible as Pakistan’s campaign has just come back on track after a disastrous start against the West Indies. Though they defeated England in the next match, it is important for them to be consistent. India, on the other hand, have begun their journey by getting the better of South Africa and will next face Australia on June 9.