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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Bangladesh court dismisses plea against hoisting Pakistani flag

A Bangladesh court has dismissed a petition lodged against Pakistan’s cricket team for erecting national flag during a practice session ahead of their bilateral series.

This tradition of Pakistan team’s hoisting the flag was started during the practice session of New Zealand series in September on the recommendation of head coach and former cricketer, Saqlain Mushtaq. This exercise was also continued during the T20 World Cup in Dubai last month.

But this tradition did not go well with some local citizens in Bangladesh who lodged the lawsuit, arguing that the visitors erected their flag at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur without taking any prior permission from the government.

The petition was filed by Mohammad Al Mamun – secretary-general of the Bangladesh Muktijoddha Mancha activist group, nominating all the players of the Pakistan team, including the captain, coach, and manager.

After listening to the arguments, the court rejected the lawsuit. The Bangladesh Cricket Board had imposed ban on hosting of flags since 2014 but they lifted it after severe backlash.

Responding, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it had sought permission from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to erect the national flag during practice sessions in capital Dhaka.

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