Old Trafford Air Space Shut For India vs New Zealand World Cup Semifinals

The Old Trafford stadium has been put on a “No Fly Zone” for India’s semi final clash against New Zealand on Tuesday. This action comes after a private plane displayed anti-India banners during the team’s league encounter against Sri Lanka in Headingley.

The decision has been taken after consultation with the local authorities here, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has informed the BCCI.

An unnamed BCCI official spoke with PTI to state, “We had clearly stated about the breach of security and also raised concerns about the security of our players. Accordingly, ECB has sent a confirmation to CEO Rahul Johri that Old Trafford air space has been turned into a ‘No Fly Zone’ for the day.”

On Saturday a private aircraft flew from Bradford zone with banners like “Justice for Kashmir” over the Headingley air space on a number of occasions during the India-Sri Lanka match.

This left ICC embarrassed as it was the second such breach of security after another aircraft flew with the banner “Justice For Balochistan” during the game between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fans were evicted from the stadium premises after these banner triggered a brawl.

Despite assurances from West Yorkshire Police that such political slogans will not be allowed as they violate ICC’s code, there was no significant action which forced the global body to express disappointment.

It is learnt that there is no restriction on private aircrafts being hired for publicity purpose.

Source : Various

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