Face offs on the cricket field are nothing new. But this disturbing incident that happened during a local match in rural Australia will leave you shocked.
Footage that has now gone viral on social media shows a fast bowler for Yackandandah in Victoria state running towards the opposition batsman in celebration of his wicket.
The out batsman is not pleased and shoulder-pushes the bowler, knocking the paceman over. Obviously, the fielders are not pleased either and one member charges the offending batsman and pushes him to the ground. Before things can escalate and get a whole lot worse, other members on the field swarm around the fighting players and calm things down.
The incident occurred barely days after the MCC announced new rules to penalise bad on-field behaviour.
“I understand people are passionate about their sport and where they come from — they look after their hometowns — but this is overstepping the mark, and it’s a big overstep,” Michael Erdeljac, an official of the regional Albury Wodonga cricket competition, was quoted as saying by Win News television.
The bowler was slapped with a four-week suspended sentence, while the batsman and fielder were banned until January next year.