As the Commonwealth games started, the T20 Women’s Cricket in Edgbaston, Birmingham, especially the match held between Australia and India, caught all eyes of the world on them, but you know why, because the Indian cricket jersey had two very important things in it. First the tricolor and second the Ashoka Chakra which was embedded just at the beginning of the letter Indian i.e., ‘I’.
Now you might be excited to know the reason why such a thing was allowed?
It is simply to avoid the violation of the prevention of Insults to the national honour Act, 1971 and would eventually result in contempt of the Indian Constitution. However, as per BCCI’s vice president Rajeev Shukla, the central home ministry already passed on the message to the BCCI stating that they had no objection if Ashoka Chakra or the Indian Tricolor isn’t embossed on the Indian jerseys.
“The Home Minister has conveyed to me that cricketers can use the tricolour without the Ashok Chakra on their helmet or costumes,”
Mr. Rajeev Shukla added,
“There is no objection to the tricolour being used on the helmet or on the costume by the players. However, the national flag (tricolour complete with Ashok Chakra) cannot be displayed as per existing law,”
Harmanpreet led the Indian Women’s cricket team in their first CWG match against Australia, but lost the match by 3 wickets. From the Australian side, Ashleigh Gardner (52 runs off 35 ) helped her team to win the match in just 19 overs, whereas, from the Indian side it was the captain herself who scored a good half century but unfortunately the half century innings could not lead the team to victory. Except for Renuka Singh, who grabbed 4 wickets, there was none who helped her taking wickets, because if they could, India’s position could have been something else.
Anyways, we wish luck to our team India for their next match!!