The ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 has been marred with political controversies. The small aircrafts carrying political banners hovering over the cricket stadiums have become a common sight. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its anger as various light aircrafts breached the no-fly zones.
The latest incident occurred during the second semi-final between Australia and England where the banner read “World Must Speak Up for Balochistan” and the aircraft circled the ground four times before being ordered out of the area by air authorities.
Tournament organizers ensured that they were working with authorities to establish a no-fly zone over Lord's for the World Cup final after political banners were flown in Birmingham during Thursday's semi-final between England and Australia.
"So we are incredibly disappointed these flights continue to take place. 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 (Sunday's) final at Lord's," the ICC said in a statement.