A self-ascribed YouTube prankster interrupted play for the third time in the test series between England and India when he slipped past stewards and ran onto the field before colliding with a player at the Oval on Friday.
In an incident which raises further questions about the England and Wales Cricket Board’s security arrangements, the man — dressed in full cricket whites — sprinted toward the wicket with a ball in his hand and hurled it down the pitch before bumping into England batsman Jonny Bairstow at the non-striker’s end.
Bairstow looked stunned and spoke to one of the umpires as the intruder was escorted off the field by security to jeers. India captain Virat Kohli was also seen in conversation with umpires after the incident during the first session of Day 2 of the fourth test.
The man in question, Daniel Jarvis, calls himself “Jarvo” and has 123,000 subscribers on YouTube.
He was arrested on suspicion of assault, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement when asked about the intruder.
“He remains in custody at a south London police station,” the force said.
The man has breached the field of play in each of the last three tests of the series, wearing a cricket uniform on each occasion.
“Any pitch invasion is completely unacceptable,” the ECB said in a statement after being contacted by The Associated Press. “The ECB and our host venues do not tolerate any such behaviour which risks the safety of players, officials and staff.
“The ECB works closely with all our venues to share information and enhance their security operation.”
The on-pitch stewarding was visibly increased at the lunch and tea intervals at the Oval.
Some Indian players were seen laughing when “Jarvo” walked out with them onto the field at Lord’s during the second test. He tried to protest his innocence when security got involved and argued he was one of the team.
In the third Test at Headingley last week, the intruder got onto the pitch wearing pads, helmet and a bat.
In 2014, he was one of three people to get onto the field at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane during the English team’s match against Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League. Two of them tried to take a selfie with striker Roberto Soldado, who played for Tottenham at the time.