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From Bee Attack To Immense Fog: Weird Reasons Behind Stoppage Of Play In History Of Cricket - In Pics

Cricket matches are known to be interrupted mostly by rain. A number of crucial matches were postponed as the skies opened. But over time, several strange explanations for play stops have come to light. Things come to a halt when nature sets terms because it might surprise us with its tactics. Here are a few instances the game was called off or paused for a while due to reasons which are not so common like rain.

Cricket matches are known to be interrupted mostly by rain. A number of crucial matches were postponed as the skies opened. But over time, several strange explanations for play stops have come to light. Things come to a halt when nature sets terms because it might surprise us with its tactics. Here are a few instances the game was called off or paused for a while due to reasons which are not so common like rain.

 

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019 World Cup Game

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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019 World Cup Game

The World Cup match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-Le-Street was called off on June 28, 2019, for an odd reason. A swarm of bees came during the last over of Sri Lanka's innings, and the players were forced to lie on the ground upside down.

England vs West Indies, 4th Test, 1995

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England vs West Indies, 4th Test, 1995

Sunlight stopped England and West Indies' fourth Test match of their six-match series back on July 30 at Old Trafford in Manchester. Play was canceled by umpire Dickie Bird because of too much sunshine. The senior umpire said that sunlight was reflected off a greenhouse and hit the hitters directly in the eyes.

 

BBL Match Between Melbourne Renegades And Perth Scorchers

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BBL Match Between Melbourne Renegades And Perth Scorchers

The BBL clash between Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers was called off due to safety concerns. The pitch had various bounces which umpires and the two captains believed to be dangerous for playing cricket.

India vs New Zealand 2019 ODI Game

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India vs New Zealand 2019 ODI Game

The first ODI between New Zealand and India at McLean Park in Napier on January 23, 2019, was briefly halted by sunlight. The disruption brought on by the lowering sun forced the players to leave the park. The umpires received a complaint from Shikhar Dhawan about the sun beaming on his face.

 

India vs New Zealand 2023 World Cup Match

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India vs New Zealand 2023 World Cup Match

Fog caused the India vs. New Zealand World Cup 2023 match to be paused for a while on October 22, 2023. It was getting harder for the middle batsmen to observe the game when bowlers like Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson were hitting 145 kph.