Virat Kohli and his boys are all set to play against Sarfraz Ahmed led the team in the India vs Pakistan final today at the Oval Stadium, England. There are no bounds to the craziness and excitement among the fans regarding this dream final. Amidst the hustle and bustle, several other issues related to both teams are also doing the rounds. From allegations of match-fixing by ex-Pakistan skipper Sohail Aamer against Pakistan to former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly getting heckled by Pakistani fans in England, this has been a tournament that has turned into an eye-ball-grabber the common atmosphere whenever the two sides are pitted against each other.
Right hours before the clash between the two sides another issue has made the news back home. The Central Information Commission (CIC) has posed a question to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the ministries of sports and law about why the Indian cricket team is still using the old logo, which resembles ‘Star of India’ honour given by the British to their favourite prince’s in colonial times, according to a report by PTI.
The symbol used by BCCI is similar to the representation of the star of the order on the mantle on British Raj, the Commission said.
It added, “After the First War of Indian Independence in 1857, to consolidate its sovereignty over India, the British Crown created a new order of knighthood to honor loyal Indian princes. No such honors were given after 1948. Did anybody notice that the BCCI is still hanging on to this colonial legacy, ‘symbolically’, and our team flags this logo even today.”
The CIC has asked the government that why can BCCI have a logo that is more Indian. They suggested that a symbol can be either tricolor or four lions or Ashoka’s Dharm Chakra.
In another development, the Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu has asked PMO to disclose the status of the bill for the prevention of sports fraud and match fixing. There have been five Indian players so far who were banned from the sports for match fixing. The list starts from Mohammed Azharuddin to the recent inductee being Sreesanth. “Why sports frauds like match fixing and betting are not prohibited and action was not being taken effectively,” Achryulu asked PMO and ministries.
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In 2012, the then UPA government had planned to introduce a bill on match-fixing and sports fraud. A Lok Sabha response in 2012 said the government has proposed to bring all the National Sports Federations including BCCI under the RTI Act in the proposed Draft National Sports Development Bill with the provision of exclusion clause protecting personal/confidential information relating to athletes.”