During the World Cup match between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, a pro-Palestine pitch invader caused chaos by breaching the security cordon and interrupting the game. The incident happened during India’s innings, just before the first drinks break, and the person came as far as Virat Kohli in the middle before being apprehended by security personnel.
The pitch invader, identified as Wayne Johnson, an Australian of Chinese-Filipino origin, was arrested and taken to Chand Kheda Police station in Ahmedabad. Johnson was wearing a face mask with a design of the Palestine flag and a T-shirt with the slogans “Stop bombing Palestine” on the front and “Save Palestine” on the back. Although it is not permitted to have political protests at cricket games as per ICC rules, as a foreign national, it remains unclear what action will be taken against him.
The incident took place amidst ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine militant group Hamas since October 7th. The World Cup match was briefly disrupted due to Johnson’s actions, but its long-term consequences are yet to be determined.