Australia vs India: Spectator interrupts play at SCG with 'Stop Adani' protest

Australia vs India: Spectator interrupts play at SCG with ‘Stop Adani’ protest

The protests have reached SCG as well against Adani's proposed coal mine.

Protester
Protester. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

India and Australia are currently involved in the first of the three-match ODI series. The much-awaited contest between the two heavyweights in cricket commenced finally even as crowd returned to watch the sport after a long gap. The SCG witnessed 50% spectators for the game and with it, returned the infamous ways of protests from the audience.

One of the spectators interrupted play by running into the stadium with the placard which read ‘No $ 1 Bn Adani Loan.’ The officials had to get hold of the fan to get him out of the middle for the action to resume. The pictures of the same went viral on social media soon after the incident.

Rather even bigger protests were witnessed outside the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the first ODI between India and Australia.

What is Adani Loan all about?

The Carmichael coal mine has been proposed by the Adani Group and the protests over the same are going on in Australia in the last few years. Adani has become a household name in Australia now with the protests gathering momentum especially in last 12 months.

T-Shirts, Earrings, caps etc have ‘Stop Adani’ words printed on it with people coming out on streets in Australia wearing those. Supporting the protests, even the artists have written and performed songs highlighting the potential consequences of the coal mine. Several videos have been put together as well expressing displeasure against Adani and the coal mine.

Well it remains to be seen if the proposed coal mine is completed amidst increasing protests and the people against it have reached the wider audience showing their placards during the ODI in Sydney. As far as the match is concerned, both the teams will be keen on starting the tour on a high and gain the momentum on a long tour. After the ODI series, India and Australia will face each other in the three-match T20I series and four Test matches.