Team India scripted a memorable win against Pakistan on Sunday, August 28, at the Dubai International Stadium in the Asia Cup 2022. They beat their arch-rivals by five wickets in a last-over drama to kick off their campaign on a good note.
However, one moment that caught the attention of the netizens was when BCCI secretary Jay Shah refused to hold India’s national flag. It happened after the Men in Blue sealed the game, thanks to Hardik Pandya’s last over six off Mohammad Nawaz.
After the boundary, one of the spectators around Shah offered him the Tricolor to celebrate the victory. But Shah politely refused to do so, which has not gone well with the fans.
Why did BCCI president Jay Shah refuse to hold the Indian flag after India’s win?
While the netizens are slamming him on social platforms, it is learnt that Shah, who is also the current Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president, has to show neutrality against all stakeholders as per the rules set by the concerned body. “Because he is president of the Asian Cricket Council. And as per code of conduct, he has to show neutrality against all stakeholders”, the tweet captioned.
Here’s the tweet:
Speaking of the game, Hardik Pandya was also awarded the Player of the Match for his all-round contribution. He picked up three wickets with the ball and later stitched a match-winning knock of 33 to avoid another loss at the hands of the Men in Green.
The much-anticipated game was a big hit as it attracted a massive audience. The defending champions will next lock horns with Hong Kong at the same venue on Wednesday, August 31, in their last group stage game.