Sunday, July 07, 2019

ICC determined to stop planes from entering Old Trafford airspace after Leeds fiasco

With the BCCI demanding clarity on the process put in place to avoid a political slogan fiasco in Manchester when India play New Zealand in the first semi-final on Tuesday after the episodes in Leeds during the India-Sri Lanka game, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director Steve Elworthy has promised the Indian cricket board that every step is being taken to avoid a repeat of the incident.

A plane carrying the slogan ‘Justice for Kashmir’ was first seen flying over the Headingley Cricket Ground on Saturday which was followed by another plane with the slogan ‘India Stop Genocide & Free Kashmir’. It was further followed by another plane which asked people to stop mob lynching in India.

In a letter to the BCCI, Elworthy wrote: “Jill McCracken (CWC Security Director) is meeting with the Police Gold Commander for Old Trafford on Monday, to establish his view on whether or not he is minded to prevent flights entering the airspace above Old Trafford. We will make representation in the strongest possible terms that the match is protected. (ALSO READ: ‘Completely unacceptable’ – BCCI writes to ICC after anti-India banners fly over Headingley)

“Please be aware that it was this Commander who prevented the fly over at the India vs Pakistan fixture and his team at yesterday’s match between Australia and South Africa, indicated they would be supportive of a similar approach.

“I am also in contact with the Government Minister of Aviation on this matter and she has already been in contact with the Civil Aviation Authority and will be contacting the Department for Transport tomorrow. I am expecting further information on this in due course. I will of course update you post these discussions and any subsequent actions taken or required.”
07/07/29 IANS/Cricket Country

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