Bangladeshis banned from flying rivals’ flags

Published : 9:10 pm  March 25, 2014 | 2 comments | Print This Post  |  1884 reads | 

(AFP) – The Bangladeshi hosts of cricket’s World Twenty20 threatened to ban local supporters Tuesday from stadiums if they are seen carrying the flags of any of the other teams competing in the tournament.

The order came after an outcry over images of locals waving Pakistani flags during the recently concluded Asia Cup, also held in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh was part of Pakistan before the 1971 war of independence in which it says three million people were killed — most at the hands of the army of the Islamic republic and its allied militias.

A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman said the board had issued a directive after it “noticed that some local fans were flying foreign flags flouting the country’s flag rules”.

“We’ve received instruction in this regard,” the spokesman told AFP, without clarifying.

“As such we’ve ordered security officials and guards to make sure Bangladesh fans cannot carry or fly flags of foreign nations in the stadiums.”

The BCB order came on the eve of Bangladesh’s 44th Independence Day celebrations, marking the day when the nation went to war against Pakistan.

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2 Responses to “Bangladeshis banned from flying rivals’ flags”

  1. soporite
    on March 26th, 2014 9:35 am

    As the corrupt and the match fixers are at the helm of the affairs, the gentleman’s game CRICKET is sinking to new lows.It cant get worse than this…..
    Shame on u Bangladesh Cricket Board
    Shame on Sheikh Haseena

  2. AZ
    on March 26th, 2014 12:20 pm

    What do u expect from the fans when the Bangla team is performing so horribly in the past few month

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