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A Bangladesh court Friday rejected a petition filed against Pakistan’s national cricket squad for hoisting their national flag during a practice session for the ongoing Bangladesh tour. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Team Pakistan had started the tradition of hoisting the national flag during the practice sessions of the New Zealand series in September.

They continued this practice during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai as per the recommendation of former cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

However, the hoisting Pakistan flag sparked some controversy 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.

According to local media reports,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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The petitioner had nominated all the squad members of the Pakistan team, including the captain Babar Azam, 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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

However, the court rejected the petition after hearing the arguments.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka, after hearing the arguments of the petitioner, rejected the petition by saying “Respect your guests”.

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, it emerged on Wednesday. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

National squad’s then-interim coach, Mushtaq, had said that the team represents the country and the flag’s presence is a symbolic reminder that “220 million people are with us”. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});