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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Fact Check

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.

Claim Review :   Kiwi players welcomed in Kanpur with a saffron-colored scarf
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  Misleading

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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