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Pollard no-ball gets the all-clear

HAYDN GILL, [email protected]

Pollard no-ball gets the all-clear

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KIERON POLLARD has been cleared of any wrongdoing for the no-ball he delivered in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match between Barbados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots earlier this month.

With St Kitts and Nevis Patriots opener Evin Lewis on 97 and with one run required for victory, Pollard, the Barbados Tridents captain, delivered a no-ball at the start of the eighth over that ended the match at Kensington Oval.

It led to a review of the incident and the CPL announced yesterday that following an investigation and discussions with the player, no action would be taken.

“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.

“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.”

The CPL said it remained firmly committed to ensuring that the tournament was played within the laws and spirit of cricket and welcomed Pollard’s comments confirming that there was no ill-intent in what happened when he bowled the final ball of the match. (HG/PR)