Giving spark to a big controversy, members of a local cricket club of Kashmir were seen wearing Pakistani cricket team’s uniform in a video flaring up on social media.
The match was played on 2nd April at the Wayil ground in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir. The same day, separatists had called for hartal against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state for the inauguration of Chenani-Nashri tunnel.
The team that wore Pakistani jerseys is named after Baba Darya Ud Din, a popular saint, whose shrine is positioned in Ganderbal, while their opponents wore white.
The team sang the Pakistani National Anthem before commencing the match. The commentator even made an announcement that the National Anthem of Pakistan will be played as a “mark of respect”.
The members of the team said
Why should we be scared when Kashmir is a disputed territory and Allah is with us? We have not harmed anyone but just played cricket the way we wanted to with all the creativity and relevance to our homeland.