Whatever PCB is saying, it is not in our control, says Bharat Arun after camouflage caps controversy
Team India’s decision to wear camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia had drawn widespread praise. The Men in Blue had come up with the gesture in a tribute to the armed forces of the nation in the wake of the Pulwama attack that had claimed the lives off 44 CRPF personnel. The attack was carried out by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Team India had also donated their match fees for the families of the martyrs.
But while the majority hailed the gesture, Pakistan did not. In fact, some of their politicians had accused India of politicizing the game. Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board had sent a strongly-worded letter to the International Cricket Council, urging the governing body to take strict against India. However, the attempt did not yield results as ICC confirmed the BCCI had sought permissions from them prior to the Ranchi ODI.
India bowling coach Bharat Arun has now commented on the controversy, saying that the PCB is beyond their control, “We did what we really felt to show solidarity for the country. BCCI got permission for it. Whatever PCB is saying, it is not in our control,” Arun told reporters on the eve of fifth ODI between India and Australia.
Arun defends bowlers
Arun soon shifted his focus to the ongoing series. The series is currently locked at 2-2 after the bowlers failed to defend 358 runs in the fourth ODI in Mohali. It was the second game in a row, India conceded over 300 runs. Unsurprisingly, questions have been raised against the bowlers.
Arun, however, believes that questioning the bowlers just because of a one-off game is not fair on them.
“These are the bowlers that have really put us in a winning position many times, we have a success rate of more than 75 per cent and that is a huge success record for a team. And yes, these things do happen as the last game and I am happy that it happened now and it will show us where we need to improve before the World Cup,” Arun said.