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No Punishment for Pollard

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard welcomed the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) decision not to take action against him for the no-ball which he bowled to deny Evin Lewis from making a century earlier this month.

Following an investigation and discussions with Pollard, the Hero CPL have decided to take no further action with regard to the no-ball that he bowled at the end of the Barbados Tridents' game against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on September 3.

"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," Pollard said in a release from Cricket West Indies.

"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.

"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," Cricket West Indies stated.

Kieron Pollard came under fire after he bowled a no-ball that meant Evin Lewis could not complete his century in the climax to the Caribbean Premier League match.

Lewis was on strike with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots needing one run to beat Pollard's Barbados Tridents in the region's Twenty20 competition.

Lewis had smashed 97 runs off 32 balls, including 11 sixes, to leave his side on the brink of victory.

A boundary for the opener, who put on an unbeaten stand with Chris Gayle, would have secured the 25-year-old a place in the record books for the second-fastest T20 century of all time.

However, Pollard, who captains Barbados Tridents, over tepped the crease to hand the Patriots victory.