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Posing yet another question on the security arrangements by the ICC, another incident of political messaging took place in World Cup 2019

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Updated On:

Posing yet another question on the security arrangements by the ICC, and in another incident of making the environment of World Cup 2019 political, an aircraft with banner that said "World must speak up for Balochistan" flew over Edgbaston during the semi final match of England versus Australia on Thursday. 

Similar to the earlier incidents, an aircraft flew over the stadium of Edgbaston as the Semi Final match between England and Australia was on. Raising the issue of Balochs from Pakistan, the banner said that the world must talk about Balochistan.

In the World Cup 2019, this was the third time that plane was used for political messaging. During the Pakistan-Afghanistan match at Headingley in Leeds, banner that had "Justice for Balochistan" wriiten on it flew over. In yet another incident, banner with "India stop genocide and free Kashmir" was also flown during India's match against Sri Lanka. Following the anti-India banner, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) raised the issue with the ICC. The ICC had then said that it has registered a complaint with the West Yorkshire police about the act.  ICC also denied having received any written complaint from the BCCI. 

READ: Flying 'Justice for Balochistan' banner sparked Pakistan-Afghanistan fans' fight at World Cup match: ICC sources

"We have made a police complaint with West Yorkshire to find out who all have been behind this incident. But we haven't received any written complaint from BCCI so far. Yes, one senior BCCI official expressed his concern and we have assured that ICC will do whatever be could be possible." an ICC top official told Republic TV. Republic TV also confronted the pro-Pakistan group behind the banner controversy. The organiser, Fahim Kayani in a telephonic conversation with Republic TV admitted that the Britain-based Kashmiri organisation was 'pro-Pakistan' because he claimed that Pakistan was the "only country on an international level who plead a case for the people of Kashmir." The organiser further said that there are rich businessmen supporting him and that thousands of pounds were spent for this act. 

READ: World Cup 2019: Republic TV Confronts Organiser Responsible For Provocative Banner Flown During Ind Vs Sri Lanka Match, Admits That They Are 'pro-Pakistan'


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