Rain stopping play is nothing new. Nor is crowd trouble or bad light. But a swarm of bees?
Well, it’s a unique reason to interrupt play but the 3rd ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka was stopped exactly for that reason.
After a couple of interruptions in the previous two overs, the bees finally won as the swarm successfully managed to get the players off the field with Sri Lanka on 117/4 in 26.3 overs.
It took sticks, fire extinguisher and eventually a beekeeper to help remove the bees from the stadium.
The players did win the war eventually as the match resumed without any loss of overs despite over an hour being lost.
However, while it is not a common occurrence, it’s not the first international match that has been stopped due to a bee attack.
An India vs Pakistan ODI in 2005 and a Sri Lanka vs England Test in 2007 saw the same fate. A Test match between India and Australia in 2008 also had the same experience.