India have been downright dominant during the league phase of the ongoing World Cup as they finished on top of the group. However, India’s thumping victory against Sri Lanka was marred by unwanted controversy involving aircrafts carrying political statements on three separate occasions during the match.
This is the second such unsavory occurrence inside ten days at the mega-event after political banners were flown in the encounter between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This time, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to stop such incidents taking place.
“This is completely unacceptable. We have written to the ICC, raising our concern about what happened in Headingley today. 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 said.
Unnamed aircrafts carried banners containing political announcements “Justice for Kashmir”, “Help End Mob Lynching” and “India Stop Genocide, Free Kashmir” in the Sri Lanka-India game.