BCCI raises security concern with ICC over banner incident

BCCI raises security concern with ICC over banner incident

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Mumbai, Jul 7: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday wrote to the ICC raising concern over players' security after planes with political messages flew during Saturday's match against Sri Lanka in Leeds and sought to know what steps the cricket body is taking against recurrence of such incidents.

"Kindly appraise us of the steps that have been taken by the ICC & the ECB to prevent any untoward incident when India play the semifinal on the 9th in Manchester," BCCI CEO Rahul Johri asked ICC in a letter.

"At our end we are also in touch with the Indian High Commission in the UK, for them to address the issue with the relevant UK authorities."

In a massive security breach, a plane carrying the banner "Justice for Kashmir" flew above the ground just after the few minutes the match began on Saturday.

After half an hour, another plane flew over the stadium with a different banner "India Stop Genocide, Free Kashmir" and during India's run chase, a third plane was also seen with a banner "Help End Mob Lynching".

This was the second such incident as Afghanistan and Pakistan fans had a clash at the same venue on June 29 after ''Justice for Balochistan'' banner was displayed by an unnamed aircraft.

The ICC expressed disappointment at another security breach and said that it has zero tolerance for political or racist slogans.

"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," the ICC said in a statement.

"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," the statement added. (UNI)