Srinagar: The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has issued a strong statement condemning the protesters invasion of Lords pitch and hurling paint during ongoing second Ashes Test.
On the Day 1 of the 2nd Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s witnessing unruly scenes on Wednesday when a couple of oil protesters invaded the pitch and brought the play to an abrupt halt.
Only the first over had been bowled and Australia moved to 4/0 when in between, a couple of protesters representing activist group ‘Just Stop Oil’ ran on with orange coloured paint but before they could reach the strip, both were stopped by players and the support staff.
While one of the protestors was taken control of by Ben Stokes and David Warner, Jonny Bairstow lifted the other and carried him on his shoulders before dropping him at the boundary line.
Following the disrupt, an MCC spokesperson said, “Following the earlier pitch incursion, three people have been arrested for aggravated trespassing and taken into police custody and it is now a Metropolitan Police matter.”
The MCC also issued a strong statement highly condemning the actions.
“MCC condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s pitch incursion and with the behaviour of the protesters involved,” it said. “Their actions not only endanger themselves and those who work at the ground but they have consistently shown complete disregard for the people who pay to attend events, not just here at Lord’s but around the country at other sporting venues.”