In a shocker, liquor baron Vijay Mallya who had fled to the United Kingdom when cases of financial default piled up on him, was seen today watching the India vs Pakistan match in the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Mallya who was recently briefly arrested by the Scotland Yard in London was seen enjoying the game from the stands. After his arrest, Mallya was produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court that granted him bail.
Mallya who is also the owner of IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore captained by Virat Kohli, was served notices by several agencies and courts to appear in hearings. However, when he didn’t obey it, he was branded as an absconder.
India and Pakistan started their campaign in the tournament on Sunday in Birmingham. Asked to bat first in a rain-hit game, India powered its way to 319/3 from 48 overs thanks to half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh. The match was played hours after the London attack as ICC assured security of all the teams.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight. The ICC and ECB continue to place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority,” the ICC said in a statement.
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“Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for. The enhanced security around venues implemented following the Manchester attack remains in place, this includes significantly enhanced police and security presence for today’s match,” it added.