Post the Pulwama attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), wherein more than 40 personnels were been killed, severe protests were been observed against Pakistan across the nation. Various state cricket associations including current and ex Indian players stood with the families of martyred jawans who lost their lives on February 14, 2019.
From covering the portrait of Pakistan’s Prime minister from its restaurant by the Cricket Club of India (CCI) to lending support to the martyred soldiers of Indian paramilitary force, many players and sport clubs paid their tribute showcasing their mark of respect towards the CRPF soldiers. Support was extended from Indian television channel D-Sport, the official broadcasters of the domestic league of cricket played in Pakistan known as “Pakistan Super League” backed out along with the event management company IMG Reliance, the lone producers of the league worldwide.
State cricket association of Punjab and Rajasthan- Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) pulled down the photographs of Pakistani cricketers including the cricketer turned Prime Minister, Imran Khan displayed in its lobby.
Harbhajan Singh, first Indian player to take a hat-trick in Test cricket expressed his views regarding the Pakistan cricket team. The veteran off-spinner said that India will still remain the firm favourites for upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, even if the Men in Blue forfeit their valuable points in Manchester against their arch-rivals on June 16.
Furthermore, Bhajji expressed his desire to stand behind the country and support its defence forces by quoting “Their sacrifices should not go to waste.”
The Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli postponed the RP-SG Indian Sports Honour, which was scheduled to take place on 16th February, 2019 to a later date. Former Indian cricketer, Virender Sehwag took the responsibility of educating the children of our brave CRPF Jawans. Mohammed Shami and Shikhar Dhawan, current members of Indian cricket team extended their concern through monetary support. Also, the star boxer, Vijender Singh, currently employed with Haryana Police donated his month’s salary towards the family of deceased soldiers.
The sporting fraternity from India had joined the country in condemning the attack and make generous contributions to the cause.