The India A cricket team were up against England Lions in the fourth one-day match at Green Field international stadium in Thiruvananthapuram when one of the most bizarre obstruction halted the game – a swarm of bees invaded the grounded.
Due to this uncanny invasion, the match had to be stopped for about 15 minutes.
Reports have emerged which reveal that at least five people were injured in the bee attack and had to be to hospitalised for medical care. After further investigation in the matter, it was discovered that a group of spectators in the west stand provoked the bees by throwing stones at the beehive when the 28th over was in progress of the England Lions innings.
The bees swarmed within the vicinity of the ground and spectators, forcing them to run to a safe enclosure. Even India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid had to be escorted to safety.
The India A team has displayed a clinical performance s far, taking a 4-0 lead against the England Lions in the five-match series. The home side successfully chased the target of 222 runs and emerged victorious by six wickets in 46.3 overs.
Just to give you a context, this is not the first time that bees have swarmed and invaded a cricket match. In 2017, a match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Wanderers was also delayed by a swarm of bees. South Africa’s fielders, Sri Lanka’s batsmen, and the umpires were forced to lie flat on the ground in order to maintain safety.
Recently, a test match being played between South Afric and Pakistan was also obstructed by bees.