In a major development ahead of India's semifinal clash against New Zealand in England, the BCCI has approached the Indian High Commission to the UK raising concern over the 'Justice for Kashmir' banner that flew over the Headingley stadium skies during the India-Sri Lanka World Cup 2019 match on July 6.
The BCCI has urged the Indian High Commission in UK to ensure that no such breach of security takes place or anti-India banners are raised during India vs New Zealand match in Manchester on Tuesday.
As per inputs, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has spoken to Indian High Commission to the UK and has requested to raise the matter with the UK Government in order to ensure that such an incident is not repeated during the World Cup semifinal match in Manchester on July 8.
Earlier on July 6, an unnamed aircraft flew over the Headingley stadium with anti-India banners during the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at Leeds.
Following the incident, the BCCI had filed a complaint with the ICC, raising concerns about the security of their players. Releasing a statement in the incident, ICC had said it does not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, adding that the West Yorkshire Police has taken cognisance of the matter, assuring such incident won't happen again
“We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Throughout the tournament, we have worked with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of protest occurring. After the previous incident, we were assured by West Yorkshire Police, there would not be a repeat of this issue, so we are very dissatisfied it has happened again," the ICC statement read.