Indian players may be warned against pasting tricolor on helmet
MUMBAI: Members of the Indian cricket team may be warned against pasting tricolor (resembling national flag) on their helmets. The Mohali police had been “alerted” to ensure that the national flag is not disrespected during Sunday’s World T20 match between India and Australia.
The Mohali police did acknowledge the receipt of the complaint lodged by P. Ullhas, the Delhi-based social film maker and the activist.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Delhi, Ullhas says, “It is illegal to paste tricolor on helmets. By displaying the tricolor on the helmets, our national pride is disrespected. It is shameful to note that the players are seen spitting on the ground where they also put their helmet (when not in use)”.
“I brought it to the notice (via twitter) of Team India captain (Dhoni) and Dhoni has stopped using tricolor on his helmet but the other players still do so and hence I took matter with Mohali police”, he added.
Barring Dhoni, almost all Team India players, who batted on Sunday wore helmet with a tricolor pasted on it.
“I was directed by the Delhi High Court and the Home Ministry to inform the nearest police station where players violate the laws and the nation pride is not respected and therefore the attention was drawn”, he added.
“I shall be coming to Mumbai for the Semi Final and will take the matter forward with Mumbai police”, Ulhas insisted.
“Our duty is to ensure the smooth functioning of the match. Regarding players violating the laws by pasting national emblem or the tricolor on helmet, the action can be taken only when we receive instructions from the Deputy Collector”, the IPS ranking police officer Navnihal Singh, attached with the Mohali police, said over telephone.
“So far we have not received any such instructions. The order has to come from the BCCI office”, an influential member of the team management, speaking exclusively, said.
Interestingly, the same activist also drew the attention of Amitabh Bachhan for his incorrect pronunciations while singing the National Anthem before the commencement of the India-Pakistan match at Eden Gardens recently.