ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Another plane carrying political message flies over Edgbaston during England-Australia semi-final

This was not the first time small aircrafts carrying political messages flew over the venues during the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

Press Trust of India, Jul 11, 2019 20:52:15 IST

Birmingham: 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 during the second semi-final between England and Australia on Thursday.

A small plane has circled the semi-final between Australia and England five times while trailing a protest banner in the skies of Birmingham.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Another plane carrying political message flies over Edgbaston during England-Australia semi-final

A small plane circled over Edgbaston carrying protest banner 'World must speak up for Balochistan'. AP

The banner read, "World must speak up for Balochistan," a province in Pakistan.

This was not the first time small aircrafts carrying political messages flew over the venues during the ongoing World Cup.

Such an incident happened during 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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Updated Date: Jul 11, 2019 20:52:15 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254