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Famous pitch invader ‘Jarvo 69’ interrupts India-Australia World Cup fixture

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CHENNAI: Serial pitch invader Daniel Jarvis, famously known as ‘Jarvo 69’ made a surprise return as he halted India’s ICC World Cup 2023 campaign opener against Australia at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.

The much-anticipated ICC World Cup 2023 fixture between two dominant forces of world cricket, India and Australia, got off to an eventful start when the renowned English prankster Jarvo invaded the playing area, moments before the commencement of the action.

Australia won the toss and opted to bat first and Jarvo somehow managed to trespass the fence around the stands and enter the field when the Indian team and the umpires were on the field.

He also got close to India’s star batter Virat Kohli, who, alongside match officials, escorted him off the field.


It was not the first time, ‘Jarvo 69’ had interrupted a game.

The English citizen had breached security and entered the pitch donning the Indian jersey, pretending to be an Indian player during the second Test match in Lord’s in August 2021.

Next month, Jarvo was arrested for his suspicious assault of England batsman Jonny Bairstow on day two of the fourth England-India Test match at The Oval in London.

During the play, Jarvo came running past fast-bowler Umesh Yadav and threw the ball at Ollie Pope at the striker’s end. He lost control of himself and went crashing into Bairstow at the non-striker’s end.

For the unversed, the prankster is banned for life from watching a cricket match in Headingley, where he entered the ground as a batsman during the third Test between India and England.

Yorkshire Cricket Club’s spokesperson had confirmed that a lifetime ban and financial penalty were imposed on the serial pitch invader for violating security measures.

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