Imagine seeing a club in India wear the jersey of our arch-rivals and singing the Pakistani national anthem! Actually, don’t, it has happened.
No, we are not kidding, a cricket club in Kashmir did just that. Like seriously? Living in India and hailing the not so illustrious neighbours! Not cool at all!
The cricket match played at the Wayil playfield in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on April 2, coincided with hartal call by separatists against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brief visit to the state for the inauguration of Nashri tunnel.
The players were from the Baba Darya Ud Din team, which is named after a saint whose shrine hrine is situated in Ganderbal.
They were all wearing the Pakistani jersey and sang the Pakistani national anthem.
The commentator announced ahead of the match that the Pakistani national anthem would be played as a “mark of respect.”
“We wanted our team to look different and also wanted to show fellow Kashmiris that we haven’t forgotten Kashmir issue, so we found this particular theme as most appropriate and catchy,” the players said according to sources.
The video clip has gone viral on social media. One wonders how the authorities will react.