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'Don't want a repeat of pitch invasion'

Press Trust Of India
Apr 19, 2012 at 02:02pm IST

Mohali: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Adam Gilchrist said that it was a matter of concern that an intruder managed to get close to the players during their IPL 5 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), last night. The Australian said he does not want to see a repeat of the incident. "You are always concerned when you get pitch invasions in any sport. Terrible things happen when someone runs like that towards the players and you just can never be sure at that stage what's going to happen," Gilchrist told reporters here. In a breach of security, there was an invasion into the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) ground here by a person who not only managed to get inside when the match was on, but also managed to throw some papers before being taken out.

Asked how the players reacted when the intruder ran freely for a couple of minutes holding up play, Gilchrist said, "We were concerned. It's a concern. I hope the ground security will ensure it doesn't happen again. It's a shame, it's one fool trying to run it for lot of people." KKR medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia while reacting to the incident said, "It must be that guy's mind to come in and get the picture for the next day's newspaper, I can only say that." A PCA official said that they had taken the incident seriously and asked the police and their own security to be more vigilant.

A fan who was sitting on the terrace block said the intruder could have hurt any player the way he was going around. The incident occurred when KXIP bowler Dimitri Mascarenhas was starting to bowl the 16th over of the innings. As Mascarenhas was about to bowl, a fan ran from the pavilion side on to the ground. He was wearing a black coat, black trousers and a white shirt, and kept throwing some papers on the ground and then walked to the crease where Mascarenhas was standing.

Don't want a repeat of pitch invasion: Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist said that it was a matter of concern that an intruder managed to get close to the players in the KKR-KXIP clash.

Later, he was whisked away by the private security staff inside the ground. The incident raised eyebrows as a heavy Punjab Police force was assigned to guard the stadium, both inside and outside and there was also the presence of private security guards.

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