PSL: Kieron Pollard Reprimanded For Disparaging Gesture Towards Abdullah Shafique
Kieron Pollard breached PSL's code of conduct [Source: Twitter]
The charge, a level 1 breach, was brought against him by the on-field umpires Martin Saggers and Faisal Afridi, third umpire Ahsan Raza, and fourth umpire Shozab Raza.
The West Indies legend was found to have committed the infraction by the match referee Muhammad Javed Malik.
Article 2.5, which he contravened, pertains to “Using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during a match”.
In the thirteenth over of the Qalandars' innings, Pollard snatched a caught-and-bowled chance to dismiss Abdullah Shafique, who had struck the ball straight back to him.
Following the dismissal, the temperamental all-rounder delivered an unsportsmanlike send-off to the Pakistani opener.
The lanky all-rounder extended his thumb and motioned towards the pavilion, directing Shafique to depart, and fixed him with an intimidating stare.
The umpires and match referee duly noted his actions, leading to the level 1 reprimand. Pollard pleaded guilty to the charge, accepting the recommended penalty.
Despite his misconduct, Pollard had a memorable performance with the bat during the match. He became only the third batter to surpass the 12,000-run mark in T20 cricket, following Shoaib Malik and Chris Gayle. He also became the second player to hit 800 maximums in the shortest format of the sport.
In the game, Pollard notched 39 runs off 28 deliveries, including two fours and three sixes, during his time at the crease.
He also delivered a respectable spell of 2 for 16 with the ball. Unfortunately, his efforts were not enough to salvage the match for the Sultans, who succumbed to a 21-run loss after mustering only 159 runs for the loss of seven wickets under the leadership of Mohammad Rizwan.