Indian cricketers sport Army camouflage caps, donate match fee to National Defence Fund

Paying homage to the CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack last month, the Indian cricketers sported specially designed camouflaged Army caps in the third ODI here on Friday.

India captain Virat Kohli at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Friday.   -  AP

Paying homage to the CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack last month, the Indian cricketers sported specially designed camouflaged Army caps in the third ODI here on Friday.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is a honorary Colonel in the Indian Army, handed over the caps to his team-mates and the support staff. The BCCI also put out a video of it on micro-blogging site Twitter.

At the toss, India captain Virat Kohli announced that the match fees of the players will be donated to the National Defence Fund.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is a honorary Colonel in the Indian Army, handed over the caps to his team-mates and the support staff.   -  R.V. Moorthy

 

“This is a special cap, it’s a tribute to the Armed forces. We’re all donating our match fees of this game to the National Defence Fund. I urge everyone in the country to do the same, donate and stick to the families of our armed forces,” Kohli said.

Each member of the playing XI is contributing Rs 8 lakh while the reserves are contributing Rs 3 lakh each.

Earlier, the BCCI had decided to donate the entire budget of the IPL opening ceremony for the benefit of the families of those killed in the terrorist attack.