India vs Australia 1st ODI security breach: The opening ODI match between India and Australia in Sydney witnessed a security breach when two protesters made their way into the field of play before being escorted out by after their brief invasion.
One of the invaders, carrying a placard denouncing India’s Adani Group’s coal project in Australia, reached close to the pitch just before Indian pacer Navdeep Saini was getting ready to bowl the sixth over of the home team’s innings.
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Notably, it took security guards a good 30 seconds or so to actually react and realise the protesters were on the field, as players and umpires stood around wondering what was happening.
As the men reached the pitch, Australian cricket great Shane Warne also pointed this out during the live commentary “there’s not one security guard on the ground”.
“There’ll be a bit more said about that,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Australian keeper Adam Gilchrist said, “We’ve got a couple of pitch invaders protesting about something,”
“We’ll wait for security to come and get them and remove them.
“We don’t see any urgency from security at the moment.”
Moreover, the incident was utterly shocking considering the current COVID protocol where players of both the teams are in a ‘bubble’. Had these protestors (surprisingly with clothes on) got within five metres of the sportsmen in the middle (Aaron Finch and David Warner), the game and potentially the entire ODI series might have had to be called off.
However, Cricket Australia said there was no concern for a biosecurity breach as none of the players got close enough to the invaders.
It should be noted that fans have returned to the ground for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced games before empty stadiums across the world.
Cricket Australia has allowed filling up the stadiums to upto 50 per cent of their capacity in the India-Australia series.
The engagement comprises three ODIs, as many T20 Internationals and four Tests.