Hyderabad: India and New Zealand are playing a test match in Kanpur. An image of the New Zealand cricket team is widely being shared on social media. In the image, the team is seen wearing a saffron-colored scarf.
It is being claimed that the cricket team was welcomed in Kanpur by offering them saffron-colored scarves.
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The viral image was also used by Ultra News on November 23, 2021. It said both the Indian cricket team and the New Zealand cricket team were welcomed with saffron-colored scarves in Kanpur.
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The claim is misleading.
NewsMeter began its investigation by performing a Google Reverse Image Search of the viral image. It directed the team to a report by Zee News on October 27, 2017. In the report, the team found the viral image.
"In Kanpur, the players were welcomed in the hotel with saffron-colored cloth/stole in a traditional way. This cloth is being discussed more because it is also known as 'Yogi Gamcha' because Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath always wears it," read the report.
Taking a cue from this, the team found a video news report uploaded on the YouTube channel of 'India TV' on October 27, 2017. The description of the video reads, "India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Both the team gets Saffron welcome in Kanpur"
Fact Check team found a news report on the YouTube channel of 'ANI' on November 22, 2021, titled "Team India, Kiwis arrive in Kanpur for the first Test". At 1: 23 minutes, a Kiwi player can be seen wearing a saffron scarf which was given to him by another player in a playful manner.
It is therefore evident that the claim is Misleading. A 2017 image of the kiwi players wearing saffron-colored scarves are being shared as recent.
It is true that the players were welcomed with the saffron-colored scarf, but the viral image is not related to the current match in Kanpur.