India vs England: Visitors wear 'poppies with pride' on armistice day

AFP, Nov, 11 2016

Rajkot: England's cricketers wore their "poppies with pride" on Friday as the national football team headed for a collision with Fifa over the commemorative flowers.

The England players with the poppy on their jersey. AP

The England players with the poppy on their jersey. AP

Alastair Cook's men wore the red flower symbol, which honours war dead, on the right collar of their shirts and held a minute's silence before play in the first Test against India in Rajkot.

Fifa, football's world governing body, is in dispute with England and Scotland after warning they could be sanctioned if they wear poppies when they play at Wembley on Friday.

Fifa doesn't allow teams to wear political, commercial or religious symbols.

But the teams have vowed to defy the ban during their match on Friday, which is commemorated as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of World War I.

"It's important for the national team to pay their respects," Cook said.

"We hope that the team wearing their poppies with pride will help drive even more awareness and help make a real difference to the lives of servicemen and women, veterans and their loved ones."

Published Date: Nov 11, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 11, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115