Days after multiple planes flew during India’s match at the World Cup asking, seeking “justice for Kashmir”, another plane flew on Thursday evening during the England-Australia sem-final, this time on Balochistan.
This happened despite multiple complaints being raised with the ICC and local authorities in England.
On Thursday, during the second semi-final clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup, a banner with ‘World Must Speak Up For Balochistan’ was seen flying over the Edgbaston stadium.
All banners that flew during three separate matches, had similar messages and displays.
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The Old Trafford stadium was made a “No Fly Zone” for India’s semi-final clash against New Zealand. This was prompted by a private plane displaying anti-India banners during the team’s league encounter against Sri Lanka in Headingley.
The decision has been taken after consultation with the local authorities, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has informed the BCCI.
“We had clearly stated about the breach of security and also raised concerns about the security of our players. Accordingly, ECB has sent a confirmation to CEO Rahul Johri that Old Trafford air space has been turned into a ‘No Fly Zone’ for the day,” a BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on condition of anonymity.
On Saturday, an unnamed private aircraft flew from Bradford zone with banners like “India stop Mob Lynching” and “Justice for Kashmir” over the Headingley air space on a number of occasions during the India-Sri Lanka match.
This left ICC embarrassed as it was the second such breach of security after another aircraft flew with the banner “Justice For Balochistan” during the game between Afghanistan and Pakistan. A number of fans were evicted after a brawl inside the stadium premises, which is believed to have been triggered by the banner’s display.
Despite assurances from West Yorkshire Police that such political slogans will not be allowed as they violate ICC’s code, there was no significant action which forced the global body to express disappointment.
It has now led to a third such banner display at a global stadium.