Even as India crushed Pakistan in Manchester after being put into bat first, the news is coming that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has complained to the ICC regarding the controversial commercial. The Indian broadcaster of the World Cup, Star Sports had a taken a dig over Pakistan by wishing Happy Father’s Day in the commercial in the lead up to the encounter.
Also, the Indian guy in the commercial is shown teasing his Pakistani friend when the latter speaks about the teachings of his father. The Pakistani guy is seen telling to Bangladeshi friend that his ‘Abbu’ (father) has taught him to keep trying always and the success will always come at some stage. At the same time, the Indian guy interrupts saying, “Maine aisa kab kaha?” (When did I tell you?)
Ever since the commercial has gone live, the controversy surrounding it has been huge. The PCB hasn’t liked it at all and has taken up the matter to the ICC. It has also been reported that the top officials of the apex body have had a quiet word with the broadcasters as well and told them regarding PCB’s objection.
However, BCCI officials are aware of the matter but they have deliberately stayed away from commenting as it doesn’t concern them much.
PCB has intimated the ICC raising objection on the content
The PCB chief Ehsan Mani had expressed his displeasure a few days ago over the commercial and is known to have raised his objection on behalf of the board. “Yes, Ehsan Mani on behalf of PCB has intimated the ICC raising objection on the content of the TVC. I am not sure if Mani has written a letter or had a telephonic conversation but we have come to know that an objection has been raised,” a senior BCCI official close to the developments was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.
Meanwhile, India kept their World Cup record in-tact, beating Pakistan for the record seventh time, by a clinical 89-run margin at the Old Trafford in Manchester. India posted a massive first innings total on the back of Rohit Sharma’s scintillating knock and vital fifties from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. In the second innings, Pakistan did give a slight scare but then once again they boiled up in the pressure of a World Cup game against India and suffered a huge batting collapse and with that lost the game as well. With this victory, India have now climbed to the third spot on the points table.