Everyone is safe! But this incident left everyone stunned!
Well, cricket matches are highly guarded with heavy security. But this time it was not the scenario.The Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh had to be stopped briefly after a man drove his car onto the pitch at the Air Force Sports Complex in Palam in New Delhi. Due to lack of security at the venue allowed a man to come inside the ground when international players like Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina and Rishabh Pant were in action in this particular match. According to reports, no one has injured in this act, but this act has raised a lot of eyebrows on the security system.
Cricketers took to social media to share their statuses!
Delhi skipper Ishant took to social media to express his concern about the entire incident and his Twitter post read: “Drive in theater just progressed to #Drive In match. Shocking scene in between #RanjiTrophy match today witnessed with @GautamGambhir”
What had actually happened?
A silver grey Wagon R suddenly drove onto the field of play with Uttar Pradesh batting in their second innings. The man, who identified himself as Girish Sharma, tried to swerve his car twice on the 22-yard strip before stopping, an eyewitness said. It was learnt that the main gate of the Air-force ground, which only allows entry of cars after proper checking remained open with the security not in his position. This allowed the man free access inside the complex and instead of moving towards the designated parking lot, which is behind the main pavilion, he drove straight towards the field of play, leaving everybody in a state of shock.
Later, the match referee took a good look at the pitch and then only allowed the play to resume. The end of day’s play was extended by 20 minutes to make up for the lost time.
BCCI will look into the matter
BCCI acting president CK Khanna was quoted saying, “The BCCI will enquire into the incident. The relevant department will get in touch with the Services Sports Control Board as this is a matter of serious concern. This is a breach of security measure at the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) ground. Imagine if the man had any sinister motive, then lives of international cricketers could have been in danger.”
Delhi team manager Shankar Saini, who was present at the ground said: “Thank God, nothing untoward happened. There was a possibility that it could have been more serious.”
Well, no formal complaint has been lodged against the man!
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