The Pakistani cricket team has sparked controversy with its jersey for the upcoming T20 World Cup from October 17. In an image that has gone viral on social media, Pakistani captain Babar Azam can be seen wearing the tournament kit with the United Arab Emirates written on it. as a host. “ICC Men’s T20 UAE World Cup 2021” is read on the top right of the jersey. While the World Cup takes place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, India officially remains the host of the event.
The ICC event was supposed to be held earlier in India, but due to the current Covid-19 situation in the country, it has been moved to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. BCCI is still the official host of the mega event and therefore all team jerseys should bear the inscription “ICC Men’s T20 India World Cup 2021” as per ICC rules.
This photo of the Pakistani star could upset BCCI and ICC. However, Pakistan Cricket Board has not officially released the jersey, and it remains to be seen whether they will go ahead with the same equipment, and whether ICC will allow the stunt in such a situation.
The teams competing in the World Cup qualifying round have already unveiled their jerseys with India mentioned as the host on their kits. The Scotland and Netherlands jerseys can be seen with “India 2021” written on them.
With this new controversy, preparations for India’s opener against Pakistani rivals have heated up even more. The Indian team led by Virat Kohli will face Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.
For political reasons, the two nations are still at loggerheads, and the rivalry is also iconic because of the same. However, India has not played any bilateral series with Pakistan since 2012-2013, with multinational tournaments being the only event where the two teams meet, the clash becomes all the more special.
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