Monkey business halts play in Ahmedabad

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Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 12:48 [IST]
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Ahmedabad, Nov 10: During a game of cricket, we have seen play being halted for various reasons. Be it rain, fan intrusion, dogs and other animals. Now, we have had a first in India, with a group of monkeys stopping play during England's four-day game against Haryana at Sardar Patel B ground here on Friday.

Monkey stops play!

A monkey runs onto the ground as England player Kevin Pietersen (background) laughs while fielding at the boundary during England-Haryana four-day game in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Bizarre scene in Ahmedabad

England Monty Panesar and few spectators (background) are amused as a monkey runs onto the ground to briefly stop play in Ahmedabad.

England players celebrate a wicket

England players celebrate a Haryana wicket during their four-day warm-up game in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Kevin Pietersen sweeps on way to a century

England batsman Kevin Pietersen sweeps on way to his century against Haryana in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in a mid-pitch conversation

Kevin Pietersen (left) and Ian Bell are seen during their century partnership against Haryana on Thursday in Ahmedabad.

It was in the post-tea session of the second day when this incident happened, leaving a handful of spectators and England players amused.

In the past, we have seen dogs running on to the grounds and creating panic among players and halting play. This was bizarre considering monkeys invading the ground is rare.

Tim Bresnan, when asked about the stoppage of play, was quoted as saying: "No, we get them down at my local cricket club all the time."

This is England's final practice game before the first Test which starts on November 15. Earlier two tour games were drawn.


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