London: The BCCI was forced to file a written complaint with the ICC after aircrafts flew over the Headingley stadium with anti-India banners during the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday.
The incident that has political overtone raised concerns about the security of their players.
Minutes after the match began, an aircraft carrying the banner ”Justice for Kashmir” flew above the ground. After half an hour, a similar-looking aircraft flew over the stadium with a different banner – ”India Stop Genocide, Free Kashmir”.
Similarly, ”Help End Mob Lynching” banner was also seen while the Men in Blue were midway to their run chase.
This is second such incident in the last 10 days as Afghanistan and Pakistan fans had clashed at the same venue on June 29 after ”Justice for Balochistan” banner was displayed by an unnamed aircraft that landed at the Bradford airport.
It may be mentioned here that the air space above Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham will be turned into ”No-Fly Zone” during the two semifinals on July 9 and July 11 respectively.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been given assurance by the Manchester and Yorkshire police authorities in this respect.