Bangladeshi fans barred to wave Pakistani flag during World T20

Hairdressers paint the Pakistani national flag on the face of a cricket fan ahead of the Cricket World Cup opening ceremony, in Mumbai on February 17, 2011. The 2011 Cricket World Cup takes place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19-April 2 with 14 nations taking part in the marathon six-week tournament. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

WEB DESK – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has demonstrated what can be categorized as lack of sportsman spirit when it threatened to ban local cricket viewers from entering the stadiums if they wave any other country’s flag.

A spokesperson of the board told an international news agency on Tuesday evening that decision was made after a much of consideration.

He told the international news media agency that instructions came from the higher level as recently some locals were seen waving another country’s flag.

He never took any names but it was self evident that in the second match of Green Shirts in which they defeated the Australia with 16 runs, some Bangladeshi viewers were waving Pakistani flags and also raising slogans in support.

The spokesman of the board also made it clear that security officials and guards have been ordered to make sure Bangladesh fans cannot carry or fly flags of foreign nations in the stadiums.

The significance of the decision is also very important as it came on the eve of Bangladesh’s independence day. It is the day when almost four decades back, Indepence movement (war) in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, was initiated.

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