IMAGE: A light aircraft flies a banner over the Edgbaston cricket stadium during the World Cup semi-final match between England and Australia. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images
Small aircrafts towing political messages continued to embarrass the host country after a plane with a message in support of Balochistan flew over the Edgbaston cricket stadium in Birmingham during the second semi-final between England and Australia on Thursday.
A small plane circled the stadium five times while trailing a protest banner in the skies of Birmingham.
The banner read, “World must speak up for Balochistan,” referring to a province in Pakistan.
This is not the first time small aircrafts carrying political messages flew over the venues during the ongoing World Cup.
Such an incident happened during the two group matches in Leeds.
During the India-Sri Lanka group match, a plane flew over the Headingley Cricket Ground with banners reading, “Justice for Kashmir,” and “India stop genocide & free Kashmir.”
It was further followed by another plane with a message to stop mob lynching in India.
Before that, during the Pakistan-Afganistan match, a banner was towed also about Balochistan.
Red-faced by such repeated incidents and pressure from the BCCI, the ICC and the Local Organising Committee were forced to declare the air space over Old Trafford as no-fly zone during the first semi-final between India and New Zealand.
But the India-New Zealand tie too witnessed its share of drama when four Pro-Khalistan Sikh spectators were evicted from the stadium by the ICC for sporting T-shirts with political messages.
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