Following an investigation and discussion with Kieron Pollard, the Caribbean Premier League authorities have decided to not take any action with regards to the no-ball bowled by Kieron Pollard against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on September 3, 2017.
“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.
Evin Lewis had smashed 97 runs off 32 balls, including 11 sixes, to take his side to victory. However, he was denied a chance to bring up his century as Pollard overstepped with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots needing a solitary run. A boundary at that point would have helped Lewis become the second fastest century-maker in T20 cricket.
While Lewis expressed disappointment at not being able to register the record, he did not pose the blame on Pollard, who pleaded not guilty. However, the Barbados allrounder came in for criticism from various quarters of the cricket fraternity for his actions.
However, following 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.”