Appeal to file case against 21 members of Pakistan cricket team

A petition has been filed against 21 members of the country’s cricket team for displaying Pakistan’s national flag at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka’s Mirpur without the permission of the Bangladesh government.

Mohammad Al Mamun, general secretary of an organization called Bangladesh Muktiyuddha Mancha, filed the case in the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court on Thursday.

The court recorded the plaintiff’s statement. However, plaintiff’s lawyer Anis Uz Zaman told Prothom Alo that the court did not issue any order regarding the case.

Lawyer Anis Uz Zaman said that according to the flag rules of Bangladesh, the national flag of Bangladesh is a symbol of independence, sovereignty and dignity. In order for a foreign national to display the national flag of his country in this country, prior approval of the government is required. However, members of the Pakistan cricket team displayed the country’s national flag at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on November 15. But they did not get any approval from the Bangladesh government.

They later applied to the Bangladesh Cricket Board for permission to display the flag. Through this, the members of the Pakistan cricket team have committed a criminal offense under the Bangladesh National Anthem, Flag and Symbol Order 1972.

Lawyer Anis Uz Zaman said the court had recorded the statement of plaintiff Mohammad Al Mamun of Muktijuddha Mancha. However, no order has been issued yet.

The accused in the case are Pakistan national cricket team captain Mohammad Babar Azam, coach Saqlain Mushtaq, manager Mansoor Rana, members Shadab Khan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Haider Ali and Harris. Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftekhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shahnewaz Dahani, Osman Qadir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shahin Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Aslam.