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Pakistan v West Indies 2021/22

Watch: Shadab Khan hugs pitch invader during Pakistan-West Indies ODI

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

A pitch invader caused a short stoppage in play during the second Pakistan-West Indies ODI, running all the way to the batting crease and receiving a hug from Shadab Khan before running back towards the stands.

The incident occurred in the 39th over of Pakistan’s batting effort, with Anderson Phillip bowling to Shadab. The West Indies quick was forced to pull out of his run-up due to the spectator encroaching on the field of play, with the fan running up to Shadab and offering the all-rounder a salute.

Shadab then embraced the fan, who then turned and ran away from the playing area.

The moment met with mixed reactions. Commentator Ian Bishop said that he understood “all the reasons why [pitch invading] is frowned upon”, but praised Shadab for his handling of the situation.

Geo News journalist Arfa Feroz Zake played down the security concerns around the incident, citing the checks around the ground as minimising any risk.

However, Arab News’ Abdul Wasey Naik described the moment as “problematic”.

According to Geo Super, a Pakistani sports channel, the spectator was taken into custody.

Shadab ended up making 22 off 23 balls, with Pakistan finishing on 275-8. Victory would guarantee the hosts the series spoils.

Watch Shadab embrace the pitch invader below:

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