Cricket teams booked in Kashmir as Pakistan's national anthem played before match

These Kashmiri cricket players started their match by playing the Pakistani national

These Kashmiri cricket players started their match by playing the Pakistani national

The detention move came after a video went viral showing the cricket players' conduct in Arin village before the start of the match.

The 1.45-minute video showed one team in green jerseys like the Pakistani cricket team. As both the teams lined up, the Pakistan national anthem played. The other team was in whites. The uproar began when Bandipora legislator Usman Majeed urged the J&K government to "pardon" the young cricketers, who were arrested two days ago for playing the neighbouring country's national anthem before the start of a cricket match in Bandipora. A similar controversy had erupted in April 2017 when the Pakistani national anthem was played during a cricket match in Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir.

Local news portals reported that the incident took place at the finals of a local cricket tournament in Arin, Bandipora between MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

The stadium where the incident took place seems to be a local ground situated among hillocks.

The police said they were looking for the tournament organisers and other players involved in the incident.

"The anthem was played live on Facebook and it went viral then".

Two cricket teams of Indian held Kashmir have been booked and several players were reportedly detained for standing in honour of Pakistan's national anthem being played before the start of a match in north Kashmir's Bandipora district.

"An FIR was registered against both the teams under section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Act but only four arrests have been made", Bandipora SSP Zulfiqar Azad told the local media.

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