BCCI files complaint with ICC on ‘anti-India slogans’ during Sri Lanka match

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

Written by July 7, 2019 15:03

New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has lodged an official complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding anti-India slogans, including banners on Kashmir issue, raised during the India-Sri Lanka match in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

On Saturday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had expressed disappointment over the security breach during the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at Headingley.

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“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

What happened during the match between India and Sri lanka

Minutes after the match began on saturday, A flight flew carrying a political message over the stadium during the Sri Lanka innings. Soon after the incident, the ICC issued a statement and said that they do not condone any sort of political messages at the tournament.

‘After half an hour, a similar looking aircraft flew over the stadium with a different banner ‘India Stop Genocide, Free Kashmir’

On which ICC said

“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,” an ICC statement said.

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ICC further said they were assured by the West Yorkshire Police that such incidents will not be repeated. However, this the third time that such kind of incident took place during the ongoing tournament.

“Throughout the tournament, we have worked with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of protest occurring,” said the ICC.

“After the previous incident we were assured by West Yorkshire Police there would not be repeated of this issue, so we are very dissatisfied it has happened again,” added the ICC. (ANI)