Ahmedabad: During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 finals between India and Australia, an unexpected incident occurred as a man, donning a 'Free Palestine' t-shirt, disrupted the match by invading the pitch. The individual, dressed in red shorts, boldly displayed a message on his white t-shirt that read 'Stop bombing Palestine' on the front and 'Free Palestine' on the back. Notably, he also wore a face mask designed in the colors of the Palestinian flag.
This pitch invasion, which took place in Ahmedabad at the expansive Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, created a momentary pause in the highly-anticipated match. The intruder attempted to approach Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, but security personnel swiftly intervened, apprehending the man and restoring order to the game.
-The guy is LGBT activist— Mr Sinha (@MrSinha_) November 19, 2023
-Wearing free palestine tshirt
-There's a death penalty for LGBT in Palestine
I rest my case here!! pic.twitter.com/s7ETaEVnZH
In addition to his message on the t-shirt, the pitch invader carried a rainbow flag, adding another layer to the disruption. Despite the temporary halt, the match resumed after the security breach was addressed. Virat Kohli, along with KL Rahul, then focused on rebuilding India's innings after the team lost two wickets in quick succession.
The incident gained attention not only for its disruption of the cricket match but also for the protester's message related to the ongoing conflict in Palestine. The crowded Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera showcased the enthusiasm of cricket fans who had gathered for the World Cup finals.