The PCB’s complaints, however, are around more specific incidents that emerged from videos circulating on social media. Babar Azam, the Pakistan captain, was loudly booed during the toss and “Jai Shri Ram” chants were directed at Mohammad Rizwan while he was walking back after being dismissed. ESPNcricinfo has learnt that the PCB has also cited incidents of Hasan Ali being taunted with similar chants while he was fielding during India’s chase.
The complaint, sent today to the ICC management, has referred to section 11 of the ICC’s anti-discrimination policy for international cricket. The section deals with enforcement against spectators: “The ICC and each of its Members should take such steps as it considers necessary to prevent the occurrence at International Matches played within its jurisdiction or those played as part of an ICC Event (as applicable) of Inappropriate Conduct by spectators and to ensure that any such conduct is dealt with in a timely manner by the Member or ICC (as applicable) or others before, during and/or after the International Match (as may be appropriate).”
Any such incident is, according to the policy, meant to be logged by an anti-discrimination administrator (appointed by the host board) in a form and filed to the ICC’s representative on anti-discrimination department within two weeks.
In the same complaint, the PCB once again raised the matter of visas not being granted to Pakistani fans and to only a limited number of journalists so far.
“Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lodged another formal protest with ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans for the ongoing World Cup 2023,” the PCB said in a statement.