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Bangladesh issue tickets with wrong England flag ahead of 1st ODI

England’s Moeen Ali plays a shot during the 1st One Day International match against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on March 1, 2023. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) found itself courting controversy on Tuesday (28) as the tickets sold for the first one-day international match between Bangladesh and England in Mirpur on Wednesday (1) featured a wrong flag of England.

It was seen that instead of England’s St George’s Cross, the visiting team was represented in the tickets by the official flag of Great Britain, also called the Union Flag or Union Jack.

While the UK’s flag represents England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, England uses their own flag in cricket.

The UK’s flag is used in the Olympics where all the four nations participate under the united banner.

BCB media committee chairman Tanvir Ahmed Titu said he was looking into who was responsible for the blunder. He said a significant number of tickets had already been sold and it was impossible to make amends in such a short time.

In 2018, the Bangladesh cricket authorities were left red-faced after the name of their own country was spelled incorrectly during a series against Sri Lanka.

England won the first match by three wickets with eight balls to spare after bowling Bangladesh out for 209 to go 1-0 up in three-game series.

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