Baaghi TV: A Court in Dhaka rejects the lawsuit filed against Pakistan Cricket Team for hoisting national flag during a training match in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Earlier, the General Secretary of Bangladesh’s central committee, Mohammad Al Mamun, filed a petition against all 21 members of the Pakistan Cricket team for hoisting the national flag at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket stadium, Mirpur. He filed this case in the Dhaka court as the action was done without the government’s permission.
The lawsuit was placed on Pakistan cricket team for playing three T20s along with two test match series against Bangladesh. The trend of flay display was started by the head coach Saqlain Mushtaq during training sessions to boost the team’s morale in the T20 World Cup 2021. The same was followed in the practice against Bangladesh in the capital Mirpur. The accused from the team include Babar Azam, Saqlain Mustaq, Mansoor Rana, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftekhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnewaz Dahani, Shahid Aslam and Osman Qadir.
The act of displaying Pakistani flag in the Mirpur ground had raised considerable controversy amongst Bangladeshi cricket fans who perceived it as being a political message following the golden jubilee celebrations on Bangladesh’s Independence Day. One of the fans wrote on their Facebook account, “Different countries have come to Bangladesh innumerable times, many matches have been played but neither party needed to practice burying their national flag on the ground. But why did they do that… What does it mean?”. By tradition, national falgs are often displayed by the participant teams across the world. However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board had imposed a restriction on displaying foreign flags by spectators in 2014 but the decision was withdrawn later due to public criticism. Team manager Ibrahim Badizi defended Pakistan by reporting to BBC Bangla Service stating, “(Pakistan) coach Saqlain Mushtaq launched the practice to boost the team’s morale.”
The case filed by Mohammad al Mamun was upheld by the court with the palintiff being represented by lawyer Mehbubul Haq. However, the court rejected the petition as Chief magistrate Abu Bakar Siddique approved of the court’s order on Thursday.
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