BCCI raises issue over the banners flown with Kashmir message

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) filed a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) against two planes towing messages ‘Justice for Kashmir’ and ‘India Stop Genocide & Free Kashmir’.

Two planes were spotted over the stadium carrying the above said messages flew during India’s World Cup match against Sri Lanka on Saturday, 6 July.

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Earlier, ‘Justice for Balochistan’ flew over the same stadium during Pakistan’s match against Afghanistan on 29 June.

This incident didnt go down well with BCCI, and it raised the issue, stating that the officials don’t want such political messages to affect their players.

“This is completely unacceptable. We have written to the ICC, raising our concerns about what happened in Headingley. If this kind of incident is repeated in the semi-finals, it will be really unfortunate. Safety and security of our players is paramount,” a senior BCCI official told a news agency.

Meanwhile, ICC has expressed disappointment at the development, “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 repeat of this issue, so we are very dissatisfied it has happened again,” an ICC spokesperson said on Saturday’s incident.