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India vs Sri Lanka | ICC 'Incredibly Disappointed' as Justice for Kashmir Banner Flown During Game

A plane carrying the banner 'Justice for Kashmir' flew over the Headingley stadium in Leeds during India's World Cup match against Sri Lanka on Saturday (July 6).

Cricketnext Staff |July 6, 2019, 8:57 PM IST
A plane carrying the banner Justice for Kashmir flies over Headingley. (Pic: Karthik Lakshmanan)

Leeds: Three planes towering messages 'Justice for Kashmir', 'India stop genocide & free Kashmir' and 'Help end mob lynching in India' flew over the Headingley stadium in Leeds during India's World Cup match against Sri Lanka on Saturday (July 6).

It was the second instance of a plane being used for political messages in the World Cup; a plane with a banner 'Justice for Balochistan' flew over the same stadium during Pakistan's match against Afghanistan on June 29.

"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.

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The ICC had responded to the earlier incident too, saying they wouldn't overlook political messages being spread during the World Cup.

"We work with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of incident occurring and were assured that given Headingley is under the flight path for the Leeds Bradford Airport it would not be an issue," an ICC spokesperson had said.

"We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and will work with West Yorkshire police to deal with and understand why this has happened and to ensure it does not happen again."

Banner over India vs Sri Lanka match

That incident in the Afghanistan-Pakistan match led to ugly brawls inside the stadium between the fans of the two countries.

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