An Australian man, Wayne Johnson of Chinese-Filipino origin, caused a stir at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the World Cup final between India and Australia. Just before the first drinks break during India’s innings, he breached the security cordon and managed to get as far as Virat Kohli in the middle.
The incident occurred amidst tensions between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which have been engaged in a war since October 7. 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.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) does not allow political protests at cricket games, but since Johnson is a foreign national, it is yet to be determined what kind of action will be taken against him. It is important to note that this incident occurred just before the first drinks break during India’s innings and did not disrupt play.