‘Speak up for Balochistan’ banner flies over England vs Australia World Cup match venue

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 11 July 2019, 06:59 PM
The banner read, “World must speak up for Balochistan,” a province in Pakistan. (Screen grab of the video)
The banner read, “World must speak up for Balochistan,” a province in Pakistan. (Screen grab of the video)

Small aircrafts towing political messages continued to embarrass the host country after a plane with a message in support of Balochistan flew over the Edgbaston cricket stadium during the second semi-final between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingha Thursday.

A small plane has circled the semifinal between Australia and England five times while trailing a protest banner in the skies of Birmingham. The banner read, “World must speak up for Balochistan,” a province in Pakistan.

This was not the first-time small aircrafts carrying political messages flew over the venues during the ongoing World Cup. Such an incident happened during two group matches in Leeds.

During the India-Sri Lanka group match, a plane flew over the Headingley Cricket Ground with banners reading, “Justice for Kashmir,” and “India stop genocide & free Kashmir.”

It was further followed by another plane with a message to stop mob lynching in India. Before that, during the Pakistan-Afganistan match, a banner was towed also about Balochistan.

Red-faced by such repeated incidents and pressure from the BCCI, the ICC and the Local Organising Committee were forced to declare the air space over Old Trafford as no-fly zone during the first semifinal between India and New Zealand.

But the India-New Zealand tie too witnessed its share of drama when four Pro-Khalistan Sikh spectators were evicted from the stadium by the ICC for sporting T-shirts with political messages.

First Published: Thursday, July 11, 2019 06:55 PM
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