Shocking reply from cricket's governing body to PCB's complaint on Indian crowd behaviour in Ahmedabad

The Indian fans booed the Pakistan Cricket Team, including skipper Babar Azam during India vs Pakistan match of the ODI World Cup 2023.

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Mathew K
Oct 18, 2023 19:27 IST
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India vs Pakistan clash (File Photo, Twitter)

India vs Pakistan clash (File Photo, Twitter)

India and Pakistan locked horns in the mega clash of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday, October 14. The men in blue completely dominated Babar Azam’s men and won the match by a big margin of 7 wickets to register their third consecutive win in the tournament so far.

Meanwhile, the match also attracted a lot of headlines for a lot of reasons; one of the most talked about reasons was the booing and hooting from the Indian spectators for the Pakistan Cricket Team. Subsequently, the Pakistan Cricket Board took notice of it and filed an official complaint to cricket’s governing body.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lodged another formal protest with the ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans for the ongoing World Cup 2023.

The PCB has also filed a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct targeted at the Pakistan squad during the India vs Pakistan match held on 14 October 2023,” wrote PCB in a post from their official X handle.

Apart from this, Pakistan’s Director of Cricket, Mickey Arthur also came up in a complainant tone during the post-match press conference when he said, “It didn’t look like an international tournament, it was like a home tournament from Indian Cricket Board or any bilateral series.”

“It will be very difficult to take any tangible action.” – a close official with the Indian Cricket Board and Cricket’s governing body

However, cricket’s governing body is highly unlikely to take any strong action in this case as they are still evaluating the exact nature and possible reason behind the action that happened during the match.

“The cricket’s governing body takes every complaint very seriously, but the code is about individuals. I don’t know what exactly PCB is looking at, but it will be very difficult to take any tangible action,” said an official who had been in constant touch with both the Indian Cricket Board and Cricket’s Governing Body.

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