PICTURES: Indian media make a controversy as Pakistani flag is hoisted in Bangladesh cricket ground

Many Bangladeshi fans perceived the flag hoisting to be a political move ahead of the golden jubilee celebrations of the nation’s independence.

Cricket player batting while a Pakistani flag stands on ground

The Pakistan cricket team arrived in Dhaka on Monday to prepare for the three T20 International matches, beginning on the 19th of November. During a practice session on Tuesday, the Pakistani team decided to hoist its national flag in the Mirpur ground.

However, the flag hoisting sparked a massive controversy on social media. Many Bangladeshi fans perceived the flag hoisting to be a political move ahead of the golden jubilee celebrations of the nation’s independence.

Netizens took to social media to share their concerns and objections. Here’s what they said:

Pakistani Cricket Board jumped into damage control mode

As soon as the controversy erupted on social media, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came forward to justify their action. They took to Twitter and shared that the practice of planting the national flag during practice sessions is relatively standard. They have been engaged in this activity for the past two months, no matter where they are.

Speaking to a media outlet, visiting team manager Ibrahim Badizi said:

Pakistan coach Saqlain Mushtaq launched the practice of flag hoisting to boost the team’s morale.

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s flag hoisting history

While PCB cleared the matter on their part Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) did not comment on the Pakistani flag issue.

It is pertinent to mention that traditionally, during international or bilateral matches, the national flags of the participating countries are hoisted during the games across the world. However, the BCB imposed a restriction on carrying foreign flags in 2014.

The decision garnered widespread criticism, following which the ruling was withdrawn. Even though the restriction on foreign flags had been lifted, Bangladesh citizens reacted violently to Pakistan’s flag hoisting. 

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