Political protests resurfaced at the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup on Sunday when a van carrying a board saying “End mob lynching. Save Minorities in India” message was seen at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, during the event’s final between New Zealand and England.
The World Cup has witnessed other political protests during matches, with the International Cricket Council distancing itself from them each time.
Banners reading “#Justice for Kashmir” and “India stop genocide & free Kashmir” were flown over Headingley during India’s match with Sri Lanka, earlier political slogans in support of Balochistan had surfaced during pakistan’s match with Afghanistan.
During India’s Match with Sri Lanka, a number of spectators were handcuffed and ejected from Old Trafford during the first World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand after mounting a political protest.
The fans were apparently Sikh separatists who wore T-shirts and held banners demanding a referendum on an independent homeland to be carved out of India.
“We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again,” an ICC spokesman said in a statement, a few days back. “We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Throughout the tournament we have worked with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of protest occurring.”