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.