ICC comes up with a clarification after an aeroplane with ‘Justice for Balochistan’ message flies over Headingley
The incident led to the feud between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans outside the stadium.
Updated - Sep 23, 2019 6:55 pm
Pakistan and Afghanistan are currently playing against each other at Headingley in Leeds in match 36 of the ongoing World Cup. But more than the match, an aeroplane going over the stadium with the message, ‘Justice for Balochistan’ is making the headlines at the moment. Moreover, soon after the incident, the Afghanistan and Pakistan fans were involved in a feud which has led to the ICC releasing a statement over the same as well stating that they don’t condone any political message.
The video of the feud has gone viral on social media in which two groups, one each from Afghanistan and Pakistan, seemed to have stacked up against each other. The security personnel had to come to calm things down as the fight started outside Headingley itself during the match. The ICC source confirmed that it was not an authorised aeroplane and the investigations will be done regarding the incident.
“Fight broke out b/w Pak&Afghan fans in Leeds because a plane was flown which had Balochistan slogans. Apparently, it was an unauthorised plane that flew over the stadium&political messages were visible. Leeds air traffic will investigate,” the source said according to India TV.
We do not condone any political messages
The ICC has now released a statement and have assured that they will work with the police force to know the reason of the incident and also ensured that it won’t happen again. “We work with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of incident occurring and were assured that given Headingley is under the flight path for the Leeds Bradford Airport it would not be an issue.
“We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and will work with West Yorkshire police to deal with and understand why this happened and to ensure it does not happen again,” the statement read.
As far as the match is concerned, Afghanistan posted 227 runs for the loss of nine wickets after 50 overs after opting to bat first. Asghar Aghan and Najibullah Zadran top scored with 42 for them as none of the batsmen kicked on to make a big score.
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