In the midst of the World Cup match between India and Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, a pro-Palestine pitch invader managed to breach the security cordon. The incident occurred just before the first drinks break during India’s innings, and the person was able to get as far as Virat Kohli in the middle before being apprehended by security personnel.
The identity of the pitch invader was later confirmed as Wayne Johnson, an Australian of Chinese-Filipino origin. He was arrested and taken to Chand Kheda Police station in Ahmedabad. Johnson wore 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.
It is important to note that political protests are not allowed at cricket games according to ICC regulations. However, since Johnson is a foreign national, it remains unclear what kind of action will be taken against him. Amidst this incident, it is crucial to acknowledge that Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas have been engaged in a conflict since October 7th.