Cricket World Cup: Sky-high headache for ICC before the final

Cricket World Cup: Sky-high headache for ICC before the final
A light plane flies a political flag over the ground during the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup between England and Australia in Birmingham.

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A light plane flies a political flag over the ground during the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup between England and Australia in Birmingham.

Cricket's governing body has a headache: how can it happen that planes fly over world cup competitions with political messages?

A small aircraft circled five times around the semi-final between Australia and England and led a protest banner in the Birmingham air.

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

The Australian Steve Smith looks at the sky as he drives Edgbaston away in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup against England.

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The Australian Steve Smith looks at the sky as he drives Edgbaston away in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup against England.

Later a small plane appeared above the Edgbaston field after the end of the Australian innings, this time he dragged a banner in front of him: "Help end disappearances in Pakistan."

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The game continued as England pulled an eight-wicket win.

Conscious of potential security risks and trying to reduce the cricket policy, the ICC is not amused.

"We do not approve any form of political messages during the Cricket World Cup," the ICC said in a statement.

"We have worked with the local police throughout the country throughout the tournament to prevent the World Cup from being used as a platform for political protests, so we are incredibly disappointed that these flights are still taking place."

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England will play the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final after breaking Australia in Edgbaston.

The ICC said it was determined to prevent a repeat at the World Cup Final in London on Sunday.

"We are working closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that there is an air exclusion zone for manned and unmanned flights during the final in Lord & # 39; s," the statement said.

Earlier in the tournament, a plane flew political banners over two group matches in Leeds.

During the India-Sri Lanka competition an airplane dragged banners with the text "Justice for Kashmir," and "India stop genocide & free Kashmir."

Before, during the match between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a banner was also dragged about Balochistan.

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