Following a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Twenty20 International (T20I) series, the Indian cricket team found their next challenge in the touring Australian brigade for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). While India has been busy enjoying a dominant home run, the Aussies, too, have proved their worth by whitewashing Pakistan and New Zealand in Tests, recently.
Apart from their form, the biggest cause of worry for the Indian team and their fans was Australia's spirited performance during their 2-0 win in the T20Is and a 3-2 triumph in the five-match ODI series. But, little did the home fans know of what awaited them at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
Amid all the buzz surrounding what was tipped to be an exciting contest, the Indian fans reaching the Wankhede were informed about the ban on black colour. The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA) has been the talk of the town with the nation-wide protests hogging the headlines of newspapers and taking social media by storm.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), owing to the security measures, decided to ban any sort of black-coloured clothing inside the stadium. The measure is believed to have been taken in a bid to avoid protests against PM Narendra Modi-led BJP government's act which has met with a lot of criticism lately.January 14, 2020
Ahead of the 1st ODI, the unique directive, banning spectators from wearing black colour, was tweeted by 'North Stand Gang - Wankhede' for the visiting fans. "Those who are coming for #INDvAUS match, kindly don't wear black colour t-shirts. Entries are restricted for some security reasons for the same," the tweet read.
While the move came in the light of avoiding any sort of protest against the CAA inside the stadium, the Indian fans visiting the Wankhede and on social media expressed their displeasure on the 'black' ban.
I'm at the Wankhede stadium today. The colour Black is being banned (t-shirts, caps, anything) because it's a "symbol of protest".
Fuck you, MCA. Fuck you very much.
@bhogleharsha I am not sure you remember our conversation on Twitter a few weeks back, but this is what spectators go through after paying INR 5,000 per person for a sub-standard experience. Why such arbitrary rules without any public announcements? Even SL is better than us.— Anand Batra (@anandrbatra) January 14, 2020
The MCA/Police should've released a statement well in advance. People travel from far off to watch the game after paying a ransom for the tickets. Absolutely rubbish.— Aniket Bose (@ABnormalConnect) January 14, 2020
Ye kya rule hai â¹ï¸— Sanika Sawant (@SanikaSawant10) January 14, 2020
Update: Friend in black t-shirt was allowed inside because he wrapped the Indian flag around his t-shirt ð— Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020
Well this is new... Ban on Colour...Way to go ...
"Abhi ishq ke imtehaan aur bhi hain..."
This "black" ban has now inadvertently put the spotlight back on CAA right in the backyard of the mute Indian cricket team. Thanks, government. Job well done.— Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020