CRICKET- Indian cricket board BCCI has filed an official written complaint with International Cricket Council (ICC) protesting against the anti-India banners that flew during the India-Sri Lanka world cup match in Leeds on Saturday.
Two planes carrying banners that read ‘Justice for Kashmir’ and ‘India stop genocide and free Kashmir’ were flown over the Headingley stadium within half an hour after the start of the match.
A third banner – “Help End Mob Lynching” – was flown midway into India’s run chase.
“This is completely unacceptable,” an unidentified senior BCCI official told PTI. “If this kind of incident is repeated in the semifinals, it will be really unfortunate. Safety and security of our players is paramount.”
ICC in a statement, “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.”
Following the incident, the airspace above the Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham will be turned into a no-fly zone during the semifinals on July 9 and July 11.