A pitch invader, who identifies himself as Jarvo, has been arrested on the suspicion of assault after an incident in which the man collided with England's Jonny Bairstow during the side's ongoing fourth Test match of the series against India at the Oval. The incident happened during the morning session on the second day of the Test match when the man, dressed in India whites, ran to the wicket and attempted to bowl a delivery at England batsman Ollie Pope. However, in trying to do so, he collided with the non-striker Bairstow.
The security had to intervene and remove the man from the playing area and only then the play could resume. The man who is going viral by the name of Jarvo 69 is understood to be named Daniel Jarvis. He has 123,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and he pulls out such pranks to amuse the audience.
Jarvo's appearance greeted with boos at The Oval
Notably, this was the third time in the series that Jarvis had been caught running on the pitch. While it is being learned that he had previously been simply removed from the stadium, this time around he was held until the police came to arrest him. His appearance on the cricket field also did not go down well with the audience who booed and moaned as they were enjoying a fascinating day of Test match cricket.
It is also being learned that Surrey are extremely disappointed that anyone was able to enter the playing area. They are also reviewing the incident after several other members of the cricket fraternity raised their eyebrows on the act including renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle. The Indian broadcaster even went on to suggest that several officials working at the England grounds may need to be sacked because of the repeated offense.
There's nothing to be gained from it: Ollie Pope
"A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident at the Oval Cricket Ground on Friday, 3 September. He remains in custody at a south London police station," a statement from MeT police read.
"It got a few laughs the first time round," England batter Pope said of Jarvis' interruption through the course of the series.
"But it stops play for five minutes. There's nothing to be gained from it. It does disrupt you but you've got to try and block it out," he added.