During the World Cup match between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, a pro-Palestine pitch invader managed to breach the security cordon. The incident took place just before the first drinks break during India’s innings, and the person got as far as Virat Kohli before being apprehended by security personnel.
The pitch invader was later identified as Wayne Johnson, an Australian of Chinese-Filipino origin. He had worn a face mask with the design of the Palestine flag and a T-shirt with slogans “Stop bombing Palestine” on the front and “Save Palestine” on the back. The International Cricket Council (ICC) does not allow political protests at cricket games, but since Johnson is a foreign national, it is not yet known what kind of action will be taken against him.
It’s important to note that Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have been engaged in a war since October 7. This incident has sparked controversy about security measures at cricket matches and whether they are sufficient to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.