5 Instances of harmful invasions by spectators
There have been multiple incidents when this habit of the aficionados has made the players suffer from severe injuries.
Updated - Oct 16, 2019 2:48 pm
Pitch invasion is a common thing in sporting history. There have been thousands of instances in the past when the fans haven’t been able to stop themselves from storming into the field. In this case, the game of cricket is no exception. The sport is also a victim of pitch intrusion. Before the 2000s, it was, in fact, legal to rush into the field after the match ended. However, as time passed by, the rigid behavior of fans resulted in its abolishment.
Be it for devotional purpose or outrageous motive, the fans all around the globe have caused big trouble to the players as well as themselves because of their tendency of pitch invasion. In the current times, this phenomenon has turned out to be one of the biggest causes of concern. There have been multiple incidents when this habit of the aficionados has made the players suffer from severe injuries.
Here, we’ll have a look at some examples of harmful invasions in cricket history
1. A pitch intruder dislocates Australian pacer’s shoulder
It was the first Test of Ashes 1982-83. After a composed Day 1, the visiting spectators started to be more anguish and aggressive by the end of the 2nd day. There were exchange of verbal volleys between the English fans and Aussie players followed by a couple of half-missed chances of pitch invasion. As the day’s end inched closer, an intruder came running into the field and hit the Australian pacer Terry Alderman.
Alderman, who had struck one wicket in the match hitherto, was punched on his back by a drunk 19-year-old lad named, Garry Donnison. The two got engaged in a small fight after this and this eventually resulted in the dislocation of Alderman’s shoulder.
Talking about the incident, the Aussie said, “I can’t remember a lot of how I fell … but I was immediately aware I was injured … it was very painful indeed”. This, in turn, made other grounds change their rules. The MCG banned the bringing of alcohol while the SCG decided to put barbed wires around the ground.