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Australia vs England | 'World Must Speak Up for Balochistan' Banner Flown Over Edgbaston

In yet another incident of a plane carrying political messages over venues hosting World Cup matches, an aircraft with the banner "World must speak up for Balochistan" flew over Edgbaston during the semifinal between England and Australia on Thursday.

Cricketnext Staff |July 11, 2019, 8:58 PM IST
Australia vs England | 'World Must Speak Up for Balochistan' Banner Flown Over Edgbaston

In yet another incident of a plane carrying political messages over venues hosting World Cup matches, an aircraft with the banner "World must speak up for Balochistan" flew over Edgbaston during the semifinal between England and Australia on Thursday.

It was the third instance of a plane being used for political messages in the World Cup; banners with messages like 'Justice for Balochistan' flew over Headingley in Leeds during Pakistan's match against Afghanistan and multiple planes with banners relaying 'Justice for Kashmir' and 'India stop genocide and free Kashmir' flew over the same stadium during India's match against Sri Lanka.

The ICC had taken note of the incidents, expressing disappointment.

“We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.  We have worked with local police forces around the country throughout the tournament to prevent the World Cup being used as a platform for political protests, so we are incredibly disappointed these flights continue to take place," said the ICC spokesperson.

"We are working very closely with the relevant agencies to make sure there is an air exclusion zone in place for manned and unmanned flights during the Final at Lord’s."

The BCCI had also complained to ICC about the incidents in the Leeds game.

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