Bangladesh court rejects plea against Men in Green pertaining to hoisting Pakistani flag in Dhaka ground

The Nation  |  Nov 26, 2021

A Bangladesh court on Friday rejected a petition filed against Pakistan's national team for hoisting Pakistan's flag in Dhaka ground, while practicing for the match.

It is pertinent to note that as per the recommendation of former cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq, the Men in Green had started the tradition of hoisting the national flag during the practice sessions of the New Zealand series in September, which also continued during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. 

However, the act offended some locals in Bangladesh who filed the lawsuit, contending that Pakistan hoisted their flag at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur without the government's permission.

It is to be noted that the Bangladesh Cricket Board has proscribed hosting of flags since 2014. However, they revoked their decision after fierce criticism.

As per sources, Mohammad Al Mamun, the secretary-general of the  Bangladesh Muktijoddha Mancha, a group of activists  had submitted the petition in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Bakar Siddiqui on Thursday, while nominating all the squad members of the Pakistan team, including the captain, coach, and manager of the team, maintaining that the practice of hoisting the flag was carried out at the academy ground of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium without official permission.

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However, earlier today, the court has rejected the petition after hearing the arguments.

It had been later revealed that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had sought formal permission from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to hoist the Pakistani flag during practice sessions in Dhaka. 

National squad's then-interim coach, Mushtaq, while explaining the reason behind starting the tradition, had said that the team represents the country and the flag's presence is a symbolic reminder that "220 million people are with us". 

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