In a leaked photo on social media, the Pakistan Cricket team wrote ‘T20 World Cup UAE’ instead of India 2021 on their jersey ahead of the mega event.
Social media users are sharing a picture of Pakistan captain Babar Azm sporting the tournament kit with UAE written on it. The jersey reads “ICC Men’s T20 World Cup UAE 2020” at the top of the batsman’s shirt.
T20 World Cup was originally meant to be held in India. However, the Covid-19 situation in India forced it to move to Oman and UAE. However, BCCI remains the official host of this mega event. Therefore, all team jerseys must have ‘ICC’Men’s T20 World Cup India 021’ printed on them according to ICC rules.
This shocking act by Pakistan can be irksome for both BCCI, and ICC. The jersey has not been officially unveiled by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), so it remains to be determined if they will continue with the same design.
Many of the teams participating in the qualifying round have already revealed their jerseys, with India listed as the host. The jerseys of Scotland and Netherlands have ‘India 2021″ written on them.
India’s Virat Kohli-led team will face arch-rivals Pakistan in their first game of the T20 World Cup on October 24, in Dubai. There may be some controversy around the pitch.
The Pakistani squad will be holding a seven-day training camp and conditioning camp at the National High-Performance Centre (NCPC) in Lahore starting Sunday. The squad will leave for Dubai on October 15.