Kieron Pollard has escaped any punishment about his controversial no-ball to Evin Lewis in this year’s Caribbean Premier League.
Lewis had blown away Barbados Tridents, but it got soured by Pollard’s controversial no-ball, which proved to be the winning run and left the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots opener stranded on 97.
Chasing a modest 129, Lewis took the Tridents bowlers to cleaners and had slammed 97 off just 32 balls, as the Patriots raced to an unbelievable 128 for zero after just seven overs. But just when it looked like the match would end on a bright note for not only the Patriots but also Lewis, Pollard’s questionable conduct marred it.
With just one run needed, Pollard took the ball and shockingly overstepped and bowled a short ball which went over Lewis’ head. The hard-hitting batsman could only see the ball sailing over his head, as the game ended on a disappointing note.
Pollard had faced widespread criticism for his conduct, and later the CPL authority began an investigation and discussion with the Tridents skippers and has now decided not to punish the all-rounder.
“The Hero CPL remains firmly committed to ensuring that the tournament is played within the laws and spirit of cricket and welcome Pollard’s comments confirming that there was no ill-intent in what happened when he bowled the final ball of the match to Evin Lewis of the Patriots,” a release by CPL stated.
After the conclusion of the investigation, Pollard said: “I welcomed an investigation as I’ve maintained all along that the no-ball was not intentional, and I’m pleased to have the support of the CPL.
“It’s a very important tournament for me and one I thrive in. I play the game hard but I take my position as a leader seriously. I also have a great deal of respect for Evin Lewis – both as teammate and opponent,” he added.
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