Renowned YouTube prankster Jarvo69 or Daniel Jarvis has been found guilty of serious fouls during the 2021 England-India Oval Test match, where he collided with England batter Jonny Bairstow.
The 34-year-old who claims to be ‘India’s only white Test player’ became a burden on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for making fun of their security arrangements by repeatedly violating them by multiple stepping onto the playing field during the 2021 Test series between England and India.
He had first breached security at Lord’s during the second Test when India was fielding for wearing a white India Test uniform and taking position to bowl. He then reappeared, wearing Test whites similar to those of the Indian team with Jarvo and number 69 on the back, at the third Test at Headingley.
He wore a helmet, pads and gloves and carried a bat, ready to pounce when India lost a wicket before being dragged off the ground by security.
Daniel Jarvis (Jarvo) Found Guilty of Aggravated Violation by Croydon Magistrates’ Court’s District Judge Daniel Benjamin
Jarvo struck again at the fourth Test at Oval and even tried to throw a delivery to Ollie Pope and collided with non-striker Jonny Bairstow on his run. He was caught again and removed from the playing field, with many questioning his antics saying it was no longer a joke, but a serious breach of security.
Jarvis, who has a YouTube account with more than 170,000 subscribers, was arrested for the stunt and later charged with aggravated felony.
At the Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, District Judge Daniel Benjamin said: “The issue in the case is straightforward, namely whether he intended to disrupt the test match. I find Mr Jarvis guilty of serious offences.’
The judge and the court were shown footage of him running onto the field, plus a video he recorded showing him hiding in a toilet before sprinting onto the field after receiving a call that he had to go.
During the cross-examination, Prosecutor Nicola Grindey said: “You know if you go to an international cricket ground they can’t keep playing while you’re there. You had the cricket ball because your intention was to keep running and effectively throw the ball to the wicket. As you walked away you could see one of England’s players in full batting gear – you ran into him. You knew you weren’t allowed on the field because you’ve been on cricket grounds before and were asked to leave.”
Jarvis, who was representing himself after his request to have the case suspended, was dismissed, claiming he had not been arrested the first two times, claiming that he “did not break any law” and “no one has been prosecuted for these things before”.
Jarvis claimed he didn’t believe he was trespassing because he had a ticket, claiming that people “run away naked” during matches but were not arrested.
The judge postponed the ruling at the same court until October 19, in order to allow the preparation of the preliminary reports.