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  • POSTED BY CricStaah on | May 9, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    This is a real shame for cricket as a whole Starc is a very good bowler but hasnt fulfilled the potential Pollard is someone who will give you one good performance in 10 games

    neither are on top of their games yet they behave like the conquered the cricketing world unfortunately this is the negative side effects of a tournament like the IPL where average players have the attitude of greats and throw their weight around.

    what a complete joke!

    I'm not an India fan - but the more i see of this behavior the more i am amazed with the way Sachin Tendulkar conducted his affairs over such a long career where he dominated every country every bowler every team. with no sense of arrogance, misplaced pride or negative aggression.

    not many players left in the world with real class.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    this is unacceptable behaviour, from players who are international players - they should have fined 100% of their match fees. and both should have got bans. with Starc getting at least a 3 match ban for him being the aggressor and initiating the conflict. its time we introduce yellow card and red cart system in cricket. just like the way they do in football.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | May 8, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    There are some crazy people here who think that hurling a ball deliberately to hurt is a reasonable response to a batsman causing you to waste some energy. If so, what should be the response to a bowler hurling the ball deliberately to hurt you? I suggest hurling the only thing you are carrying at the time.... the bat! In a real court of law, Starc would have been deemed the aggressor. Pollard's would have been a heated reaction. Starc started the physical aggression. Again the Aussie comes out the winner after being the cause. We know that Pollard does give a bit of chat but he's never been violent. But Starc was the physical aggressor. What would have happened if Pollard had been injured? Would Starc have been fined still? As for the Russell\Watson incident, at least Watson was still looking! Not sure of the ethics but Russell obviously meant to get him out, not to hurt him. The intent matters in a court of law.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    this was a good thing they did by not banning them. Because teams need both players they are important.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | May 8, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Both meant to hurt the other. Starc meant it first. He started it. Pollard reacted. Starc got off too light! Why should he be allowed to endanger Pollard? What is the difference between pain and injury intentionally caused by a ball and pain and injury caused by a bat. Both can be lethal weapons in the right... or wrong hands. Not fair! Again!

  • POSTED BY ronaldgreat on | May 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Clearly Pollard reaction was a knee jerk reaction....Starc on the other hand was planned....there are some things that just should not be said on the field. We and commentators speculate that it is good for the game but what if that which is being said is beyond the gentlemen's game....Zidane Zidan is a typical example....

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | May 8, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Personally I ran to other room and called my brother to see what was happening in this match and in the end he watched the whole match though he doesn't even like watching cricket. And now has started to follow the matches as well. I understand cricket is a gentlemen's game but bit of spice will not hurt anybody. If anything it has always brought the best out of an individual. Last time Faulkner sledged and we all saw what sammy did on the field. Those were epic scenes when Gayle ran to the field and danced as of they had won the world cup. Same thing happened between Yuvi and flintoff in SA in 2007 WC and Yuvi blasted six sixes in the next over. I will never know what people are crying about. Even in gully cricket we used to have small frictions between us and always wanted to perform against that someone who said something to you. We need Pollard and starc as much as we needed Dravid, Amla and Sachin. What say.

  • POSTED BY Munsta101 on | May 8, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    What's the big deal? Starc bowled the ball. Pollard backed away and then lost grip of his bat whilst trying to play a shot. It happens! Let it go people!!

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | May 8, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Hilarious that we have such precious and comically angry behaviour in an inconsequential (yet overly self important) match as an IPL T20. It puts into perspective some of the passion that is shown in Test cricket that seems to evince a disproportionate quota of hand wringing.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Don't wanna sound like a 10 year old kid.... But starc started it...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    the person who started the word battle was starc so he should have been fined more than Pollard Pollard's action was actually a reaction to what starc started in desperation to break pollard's concentration and get his wicket

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 8, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    A fine alone is not enough for Starc and Pollard - this is not the precedence that the older generation must be setting for the younger brood to follow - it merely states tht they can get away with any kind of on-field spat! IPL shud not set a bad trend for others - Both Starc and Pollard are at fault here - both of them shud be suspended at least for a match each!

  • POSTED BY HughL on | May 8, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Really worries me that some people posting on here see the actions of these two as showing 100% commitment , as if its a badge of honour. I'd rather see commitment shown with bat and ball , not mouth and posturing

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    I think starc's fine was little harsh 25% would have be fine. pollard should have been 100% of his fee

  • POSTED BY Lachy7 on | May 8, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Very disappointing to see Starc and Pollard being involved in such an incident. As an Australian, I always hate it when my countries national team are labeled as the 'Ugly Aussies' and this incident certainly doesn't help.

    Starc should have just bowled at the stumps when Pollard pulled out, not bowl at him!

    No excuses, just gives Australian cricket a bad name.

  • POSTED BY nlight on | May 8, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Pollard certainly isn't blameless, but I'm more disturbed by young Starc who seems to have taken the recent loutish behaviour of Faulkner & Warner as a model for his own. Australian, South African & West Indian players are often what makes IPL worth watching, but bad behaviour by any of them needs to be met with appropriate punishment, rather than a meek slap on the wrist.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | May 8, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    In the old days if a fast bowler surprised a batsman like Waugh, Lara or Tendulka with a bouncer they would have driven or hooked the next ball for 4, Pollards comeback was to step away, and how many times do you hear commentators say " good bowling the batsman made room for himself and the bowler followed him".

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Well A Bowler has The right to say a few words after he bowls a good delivery or get the batsman out ..... Keroin Pollard has no sportsman spirit if u look back at a few of his previous matches he has done it several times .... And as far as Starc is concerned So,I am also a fast bowler and I hate it when the batsman stops me. So I think that Starc shouldn't have been fined. And Rightly said @cricketisgame

  • POSTED BY Aussie_Cricket on | May 8, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    @chandimasl. I think you're accusing Australian bowlers of discriminating in who they sledge? Ask the English and the South African's from recent Test series... they don't discriminate. There are players in many other countries who do it, Sanga is a well documented example. English of course and India do it as well (they're just not as good at getting a reaction). You should consider who is actually the one discriminating is it really the Aussies (or yourself by singling them out)? Simple fact is that if you're susceptible to taking your mind off the game by sledging, players will target you. Sledging is used in a lot of other sports (a catcher in baseball does it most of the time). Throwing a bat on the other hand...? Considering the damage of being hit by a ball vs a bat, I'd take the ball any day (if it's not at my head).

  • POSTED BY Frakessmee on | May 8, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    That is not to say that I want players to be going around like meek little lambs tipping their caps constantly to their opposite number cos that would be a false reality too, there is nothing wrong with a bit of old fashioned sledging in it's place or a steely glare from a fast bowler, but there is a big difference in that and the level of aggression that has crept in over the last few years, lets face it the way things are headed it's only a matter of time before serious blows are exchanged between players.

    On a slght side note the Aussies and the WI really have a problem with each other in particular don't they?? It saddens me as most of my fav players play for those two sides so I don't enjoy the anamosity between the two nations, Ah well such is life.

    Come on Ireland today we can do it!! If it stops raining :)

    Have a great day everybody enjoy your Cricket!!

  • POSTED BY Frakessmee on | May 8, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Personally I think there should have been equal punishment for both players in this incident also I don't feel Virat Kohli covered himself in glory either to be honest as the captain of RCB he should have been trying to quell the situation but instead he seemed to want to have his own dispute with Pollard.

    I just want to say also to everybody who is trying to lay the problem of onfield aggression solely at the feet of Australian players...get real!!! It is an ever growing problem in the sport at all levels in all countries and is a reflection on the levels of bad behaviour which are accepted in society as a whole these days.

    You need look no further than the behaviour of a lot of participants in the recent U19 World Cup to se where the sport is headed in the future. Frankly I just found that to be really disheartening to see so many young men more intent on belittling their opponents than enjoying their experience of playing tournament cricket and honing their skills.

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | May 8, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    I think fining the both players should be fine to avoid these kund of situations. But it should have been starc who should be fined. It can clearly see that starc deliberately throw the ball.in the previous ball also starc started sledging pollard.but he calmly sent him off.if pollard had an issue with the vision he has the right to move. Even though this time it may or may not be the reason.but is it right to throw the bowl at him.starc is very new to the international cricket as well.

    These aussie pacers are always behaving like this against windies and sub continent players. They ruin the gentlement sport and it is disgusting.

  • POSTED BY Cric-fan-hk on | May 8, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    guys, put yourself in the shoes of starc and you will know how it feels to be a fast bowler as I have gone through this myself. its not easy for a bowler to hold his temper during the action. what starc did any other fast bowler would have done. when a bowler is into his delivery stride and batsman suddenly backs away, it is impossible for the bowler to hold back his action at that point. i would have done exactly the same no matter who was holding the bat on the other end. we all know pollard's character very well don't we? first he moves away from stumps second he throws his bat in anger and triggers some kind of over-reaction afterwards. that was completely irrational and pathetic.

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | May 8, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    The 20 over slogathons are not my idea of cricket anyway, so these incidents livened it up. Most 20/20s are not even close and all the hype attempts to disguise this fact. They are good for the players, who make a packet and for those who rake off the profits, but in the main spectators get short-changed and frequently are bored by the inevitability of the outcome in most games.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    This competition desperately needs something to make it interesting. It's killing interest in a great sport. A good fight might just be the way to go to make this farce interesting. Bring it on!

  • POSTED BY No_Excuses on | May 8, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Can't see what the big stink is about. No one got hurt and no punches were thrown. Just the lads blowing off a bit of steam. It adds a bit of life to what is otherwise as dull as dishwater.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    What mistake did Varun Aaron made ? Also, Starc - Sledging was fine and acceptable, but intentionally throwing the ball at batsman was not at all good. Should have been punished more severely. Pollard - what was that ? Not acceptable in any arena local, national and international .... :(

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | May 8, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @ Arjun Kishore, you look like die hard fan of MI. Pollard is known have this kind of behaviour and even in last IPL he did this kind dramas. You have to first look into who started this. After that bouncer Pollard pulled out just before Starc about to deliver,,why? Being a bowler he knows how frustrating it can be for a fast bowler and he wanted to do that purposely. Nothing went wrong there to pull out from the crease when the bowler is about the deliver. So, you have to think who continued it. Instead of forgetting the previous delivery and keep going to he wanted to TEACH a lesson to Starc by pulling off at the last min

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Disgusting behavior by both players, especially Starc who really should have been banned for about 2 matches. Pollard did the right thing by just waving him off when Starc got verbal and I though reacted quite well to first avoid being hit by the ball and then control his anger enough to hit the bat on the ground and not in the middle of Starc's face (which Starc probably deserves). This is cricket, not wrestling or boxing and there's away to play the game. Much much too lenient fines for both and this will pave the way for more incidents such as this until the Aussies learn that the idea is to get wickets with the ball, not their mouths. Unless they're such weak bowlers that they need to resort to cheap tactics to win.

  • POSTED BY NK67 on | May 8, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    It was an ugly incident similar to Warne/Samuels from the BB. Both players needed to be have the equal punishment.....and as the Captains are meant to be in control of their own players then perhaps a suspended sentence of a 1 match ban for them will get the message through.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Personally starc should get a larger fine, pollard was justified in his actions

  • POSTED BY SoyQuearns on | May 8, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @ poster on (May 8, 2014, 1:43 GMT) - right, so Australian fast bowlers are the only bowlers in the world to sledge?

    Ever heard of S Broad, J Anderson, I Sharma, D Steyn, Z Khan, C Morris (to name but a very few of international pacemen from other countries who sledge).

    And I think having a bat thrown at you is more than being unable to take some taunting back. That was ridiculous.

    Good to see that, no matter how many guiltier parties there are involved, the Australian's are either the primary or sole targets by fanson these forums.

    It means that we are #1 again and everyone is out to get us.

    Face it - the world of cricket has changed. It used to be a gentleman's game, sure, but then it use to have motorcycle helmets, 8-ball overs, players used to wear belts and there were uncovered wickets. Things have changed, there's more at stake now.

    Which is why EVERY, SINGLE TEST PLAYING NATION sledges. Just as often as Aus and to the same extent. Open your eyes.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | May 8, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why Aaron was fined?

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | May 8, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    these players should learn from captain cool of India MS Dhoni. He nevr reacted against any player in his career... never got angry.... He is the best of examples for these players to take learning from...

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 8, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    "DISCIPLINE" in any sport is very important & the whole world is watching... so i think its a fair decision by the IPL committee !!!

  • POSTED BY bul98 on | May 8, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    When this IPL circus will be over, the most boring brand of cricket. When IPL is going on the best cricket is to watch some memorable games from the past. 2005 ashes, PAK vs IND test series 1999. Masjid khan and zaheer Abbas semi final against WI pace battery in 79 WC.... That was cricket at his best ....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    I hate the way the Australian quickies sledge and behave and they can't take back a little taunting

  • POSTED BY hawk707 on | May 8, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Im 200% agree with @IndiaNeedsBowlers. Also with his name "IndiaNeedsBowlers".

  • POSTED BY AnoMaLy on | May 8, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    loved it..need more action like this lolz

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | May 8, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    This is good for cricket...cricket is too boring and we need lots of these confrontations especially in this 20/20 garbage!!

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | May 8, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    These guys are role models for lots of children all over the world and should be setting a good example. We don't want kids throwing bats at each other because they see their hero's doing it and think it is OK

  • POSTED BY MightM on | May 8, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    Ausi gets away with it agin. Well cricket is owned by three countries.

  • POSTED BY dappasnappa533 on | May 8, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    bowlers try to bowl certain lines and certain lengths to certain batsmen they quite often miss these lines and lengths and get hit by the batsman for four or six. my point is there is no guarantee that the ball that starc bowled/threw at pollard after he pulled out of the shot would have missed him. its funny this fight was instigated by starc but he was fined less than pollard. also starc did not stop there he continued even in the last over when he ran out pollard. this has to be animal farm rules where some animals are more equal than others.pollard is not without fault he should be fined but by all means fine both equally if not the instigator more

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | May 7, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Why is everyone advocating that both players should be banned,Stark deliberately throws the ball at a player who has moved away from the wicket and the player reacts to that infringement.The bat did not go close to the bowler.This is not an IPL problem.Lillee and Miandad..McGrath and Sarwan thes Incidents happened in Test matches.This is normal Australian behavior and the people incharge are afraid to punish Australians like the deserve to be punished.Too many people burying their heads in the sand.Stark should of been banned and Pollard fined for not controlling his anger. What would of happened if Pollard had not fired his bat or had he been hit by that ball? some of you would of been blaming him from withdrawing.Put Tendulkar in Pollards place and the talk would be much different.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    that's the beauty of the game, aggression !!

  • POSTED BY GeoffreysMother on | May 7, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    A bit like wrestling on telly - quite appropriate I though as part of the overall entertainment package. Just disappointed there wasn't any online voting as to who would win.

  • POSTED BY Big_Chikka on | May 7, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    i'd have banned starc for two games, and pollard for one on the grounds that starc took it to the physical level by bowling at pollard. pollard's was a reaction and in my opinion less of an offense..........on the other hand the umpires could have produced some boxing gloves.....and the matter could have been settled, viewing no's would have gone through the roof, and we would know whose the daddy...:)

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    They both deserve a banning. Starc for continuing that long, ignoble Australian tradition of boorishness on the cricket field. A two game ban might make him grow up a little. Pollard, for lashing out like he did. A one match ban might encourage him to keep his cool.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    They both shall have be fined equally. Oh please to think Starc did not knew Pollard was backing away is so absurd to say the least, another excuse for these Aust. IT is clear the video shows Pollard back was already turned and away from the wicket both should be fined equally. Another example of the injustice in this game

  • POSTED BY millsy24 on | May 7, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    The WI players like throwing their bats. I think there is a fair bit of history with Pollard and the Aussie players, he's a great player but has an angry attitude and the Aussie players don't particularly like him. He had a run in with Warner in the last game that wasn't Warner's fault. We had I think Samuels throw his bat at Warne in the BBL a couple of years ago. Russell bowled that stupid ball the other night. Pollard has also had a run in with Watson and now this. He has a track record with this sort of run in. Who knows whether he said something to Starc first?

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Why everyone blaming pollard. Starc started it. Starc did bowl on pollard when there was a lot space for him to bowl to complete his delivery. Pollard pulled out. There may be anything, and anyone bowler or batsman are allowed to pulled out before ball is bowled. Pollard 's reaction was natural. But he stopped himself, and bat slipped. Though first mistake of starc, he didn't even apologise to pollard. He should have.

    Couple of days before, russel stopped first and then bowled to watson. That was also wrong. Umpires should have concern with third umpire on these cases. Like starc russel just completed the delivery. Umpire should call that delivery as dead ball. And it was a dead ball.

    I am great fan of Australian faster starc. But he should have apologize.

    And ipl should have banned both of them for atleast one match each with the match fees deduction. They should learn to respect the gentleman's game and crores of fans who follow them

    Even chahal's reactions were very unworthy. Anderson showed matureness by ignoring

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | May 7, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    Nick Locke, we don't need proof. We just know!

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | May 7, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Nothing worng with what Starc did. Pollard pulling away for no reason was bad and the umpires should have spoken to him immediately. Pollard throwing his bat was totally unacceptable. He should have got what Harbhajan got for slapping Sreesanth.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    It's a real Shameful incident. People are watching this Ipl from all over the world and two of the International Players are being involved in such an incident on the cricket field is something like a disgrace for them. As the both teams captains are also out there in them middle and they couldn't do anything rather than just watching it like a spectator. Virat Kholi should have come down and back the bowler to calm down and make a move, but right after the over virat also joined to talk few words with pollard. Hopefully this incident never happens again and all the players will play with the spirit on their mind.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    The incident I saw Pollard was provoked when he clearly waved Starc away..He threw his bat closer to himself than any other player or official. I wonder if Pollard is being fined retrospectively for an earlier match when he lost the grip of his bat at narrowly missed knockly his stumps and the umpire over? 75% fine Pollard and 50% only makes sense if they both equate to the same amount. 75% of 100 is the same as 50% of 150 for example.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    They should have been banned from playing cricket.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 7, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    I know cricinfo will not print this :

    but the truth is, this punishment is a travesty ..

    I dare any journalist to ask any retired cricketer (batsman) how they would have responded to a bowler first swearing at you without provocation and then the next ball they try to hit you as you backed away from a delivery ....

    I am sure Sunil Gavaskar, Geof Boycott, and all manner of "gentlemen" would have lost it !

    The fact that Pollard has taken the stiffer fine is ridiculous !

    50% of the batsmen would have landed that bat square in Starc's skull ..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 7, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Why was Starc charged only 50% e whilst Pollrd charged 75% of the Match Fee? It was Starc who was the instigator- Not once but thrice. First time when he started this by bouncer & using taunting words to Pollard who dismissed it all by waving off. Then Starc bowled a bouncer despite Pollard moving away from the batting crease & finally when Pollard was stranded-using taunting language. Aussies are well known for abusive language on the field constantly & taunting the opposition when they cannot get the out- now famously called "Sledging". There should be no place for such behaviour in IPL.I would go to the extent of sending both the players home right now with punitive financial fines added on. Mr. Gavaskar, here is a chance for you to ACT.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    These comments make me laugh! Pollard did nothing wrong, Starc was the main cause and kept cursing him for no apparent reason. Aussie players seems to hate Windies players for no reason. We don't need their attitude in international cricket. Very low class. Guys like Warner, Faulkner, Warne, Watson, Lee and now Starc always try to instigate rubbish on the field. Secondly, Pollard didn't throw anything at him, he only threw it at the ground, so his punishment is absolutely unfair. Start actually attempted to injure Polly and still wouldn't shut his mouth.

  • POSTED BY rajjetti on | May 7, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Well, we can all talk about the spirit of the game, cordial atomosphere....etc......The fact is that these two were extremely committed to their teams cause- winning and giving their 100 percent. Hence they did get carried away a little bit. A small fine is good enough. It is silly to talk about banning them. If every cricketer is as committed as these guys are, the quality of cricket will be much higher. Many players are just happy showing up with no dedication and still en-cashing their fat pay cheques.

    Great commitment KP and Starc...keep up the hard work....

  • POSTED BY HughL on | May 7, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    Like Sutherland's reaction to the Warne/Samuels clash, I think there are IPL backers and administrators who think this is good to stoke up interest. Ridiculous pair who should be sitting out for at least one match

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    First of all I don't think Pollard is as much at fault as Starc.. He is the one started.. People have really become blind these days. Starc sent the ball hurtling towards Pollard.. and he actually threw it there.. then Pollard reacted.. I know he is at fault but Starc is at much bigger fault than anyone else... Hope people make some sense and understand.. and CSK fans you keep away from this discussions..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    As is usually the case, if you allow an Australian to get in your face and mouth off after every delivery and you do or say nothing there will be no controversy and no action taken by the umpires. The minute you respond and show that you are prepared to stand up for yourself it becomes a controversy and the umpires will want to intervene. I wonder why.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    This is ridiculous. How is it that the instigator and chief offender is fined less than the person who retaliated. The clear message I see here is that the one who starts the problem should receive a lighter penalty.

  • POSTED BY ezzyjojo on | May 7, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    how can someone do so much to start a fight and get off with a lighter punishment than the one who reacted to a clear use of a ball as weapon? Pollard would not have been in that position if Walter(lol jeff Danham show) had kept his cool. unfair.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | May 7, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Both players were way out of order and should have been been penalized EQUALLY. I don't get why Pollard was fined more than Starc as Starc's sledging is what started the chain of events.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 7, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    (continued)

    Personally I would have banned them a game or 2. They main reason being that a monetary fine can't be too bad given that they are getting paid a lot to play (especially Pollard who does so each year).

    Russell also should have been banned a game for what he did vs RR. What he did was potentially dangerous had he accidently bowled a beamer for example. Since Watson wasn't watching because he felt Russell had pulled out, he clearly could have been hit.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 7, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    How does the whole percentage of a match fee work in this instance? I thought a player received a fee for playing for a team during the tournament that equals their auction price. How does a match fee work? You can't just divide the total fee by the number of matches as you don't know how many matches a team will play, since they might qualify for the semis/final. Unless playing in the finals is paid as bonuses? Can somebody explain the system to me please?

    I felt the incident was disgusting. Starc saying a few words may have started it. I don't see anything inherently wrong about a bowler saying a few words, but the actual words used may be an issue. Pollard may have pulled away just to annoy Starc but this can't be proved. Starc bowling the ball is an issue for me due to danger. He could have hit Pollard. Pollard nearly throwing his bat was petty and dangerous.

    Why wasn't Russell fined from the other day? What he did was dangerous as Watson stopped watching.

  • POSTED BY FreddyForPrimeMinister on | May 7, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Pathetic, weak officialdom. Both players should have been banned but the powers that be daren't lose two of the bigger draws so a paltry fine is imposed. When you realize the enormous sums these players earn from their auction fees, these match fee deductions are a mere drop in the ocean. The old expression of "it's just not cricket" is no longer appropriate as the top players are allowed to act like spoilt prima donna footballers. Shame on you, IPL.

  • POSTED BY Insightful2013 on | May 7, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Nick Locke, is dead wrong. The person who instigated the incident which appears to be Starc should have been fined and banned. Pollard, after the bouncer waved Starc off, instead of engaging in silliness. Starc then, VERY dangerously continued the aggressiveness, by bowling at the batsman when he was way off the pitch. This was the catalyst that led to Pollard's reaction, rightly in my opinion. Starc is quite fast and endangered Pollard as well as stirring the pot. He reacted angrily by flinging down his bat. That's the evidence as seen on Telly. No one knows what his intentions were and to speculate would be ridiculous. Starc initiated and escalated the incident, endangered a player and got away with a smack on the hand. He's laughing! It's an ongoing problem with Aussies against everyone and in my viewpoint is almost always initiated by the Aussies. Haddin, Watson, Warne. Aussies know the Windians won't back down and it's not like this is a new problem, with Aussies. It's ONGOING!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    This is what happens when money comes in to the gentleman's game. Sorry to see this. Now cricket is like WWE wrestling field.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    A shameful incident bring the gentlemanly game of cricket into total disrepute. My personal view is that both of them should have been banned for at least 01 match. Anyway it is over now and strict measures should be taken to see that there are no repetitions of this kind of behavior.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Thats ok .These things are really enjoyable

  • POSTED BY Jackjin on | May 7, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Too light, they should have been banned for a game

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | May 7, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Seems pretty light to me - if you get fined 25% of your match fee for a slow over-rate, were the offenses of Pollard 2-3 times as bad as that? No, they were probably 10 times as bad!

    Punishments need to be proportional to the offense and this was pretty bad!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    These things go out of hand pretty quickly,hence the guy who started it deserves more punishment

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Pretty soft. I agree with all the comments that Starc was the instigator, but Pollard's response was absolutely ridiculous and unmeasured. It would also be difficult to prove that Starc did not think Pollard was backing away to play an inside-out shot over extra cover, whereas the hurling of the bat can only really be interpreted one way.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 7, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Banning both of them for 2 matches and fining them with 100% of match fee (the maximum allowed punishment) should have been handed down. That was plain boorish behaviour to say the least.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    These kind of behavior must be highly condemned by the governing body. They should have barred both from playing atleast 1 match. But both got away with it.

  • POSTED BY inloveofcricket on | May 7, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    do not accept the comment that these things spice up the contest - IPL creates a cordial atmosphere amongst competing international players 7 bridges the difference they have had - Ponting/Symonds Vs Bhajji for example. These incidents do not do any good for the game. Not sure what the trigger and nerves between the players were, the MI unit look like a team out of control.

  • POSTED BY IndiaNeedsBowlers on | May 7, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    I don't think fines have any impact what so ever. If there should be a punishment, it has to be bans. because that would also have the Teams and Captains making sure such incidents aren't repeated. Also player history with such offences should be considered when handing out punishments and fines do not count as punishments at least for such international players.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Really disrespectful.Against the ethics of game and cricket.They are sportsmen and role models of many so what message are they sending to their followers? They both deserve severe punishment.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    For me, both players must have being fined equally, if not Starc more since he was the originator. He was the first to come up to Pollard and started the angry conversation, for which it was a unharmful response of not responding any words back but by simply head down and wave off. This was quite an embarrassing moment for any fast bowler and feels the appropriate way any bastman could deal with such moments with faster men especially. What followed from Pollard was not really ethical as a fast bowler they do put so much in to a delivery stride form the time they start running, and being on the back end of the game, guy was steaming and should have being bit tired too. Yet the response of Starc was extremely unethical and dangerous by intentionally throwing the ball to Pollard legs, which could have made a disastrous injury. As article said, follow up was too is extremely dangerous, yet the slip up was unintentional. So whatever said and done, fine should be equal the least.

  • POSTED BY Helion on | May 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Such an offence as that deserved one or two game suspension. I'd say they got away easily this time.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Both should have been suspended for at least few matches. You cant tolerate this childish behavior from professional cricketers. very soft punishment.

  • POSTED BY inloveofcricket on | May 7, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    This is atrocious and too lenient - whoever the match referee was! - in other fields, esp EPL, would have been a couple of matches ban for both. Remember Suarez, who took a good chunk of Ivonvic's ear & was out for 7. you can throw a bat at someone and get away with 75% match fees! The level of player behavior generally worsened - look at someone like Bumrah.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    They should have received equal fines. Pollard had responsibility in the situation escalating, but Starc ABSOLUTELY started it.

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | May 7, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Why Pollard 75 pc and Starc 50 pc. It should have been equal or Starc fined more since he started it by verbals after the bouncer. Anyway by standards of cricket the punishment is too light, after all it is not Rugby or Ice hockey

  • POSTED BY Kurapati on | May 7, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    These kind of things spice up the contest. I loved to watch Starc showing his angry on Pollard. Over all it's good to some level in cricket as long as spirit is maintained. They know all these happen in spur of a moment..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Not a good decision by referee. There should have been 2 match ban on Pollard & 1 match ban on Starc.

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  • POSTED BY CricStaah on | May 9, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    This is a real shame for cricket as a whole Starc is a very good bowler but hasnt fulfilled the potential Pollard is someone who will give you one good performance in 10 games

    neither are on top of their games yet they behave like the conquered the cricketing world unfortunately this is the negative side effects of a tournament like the IPL where average players have the attitude of greats and throw their weight around.

    what a complete joke!

    I'm not an India fan - but the more i see of this behavior the more i am amazed with the way Sachin Tendulkar conducted his affairs over such a long career where he dominated every country every bowler every team. with no sense of arrogance, misplaced pride or negative aggression.

    not many players left in the world with real class.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    this is unacceptable behaviour, from players who are international players - they should have fined 100% of their match fees. and both should have got bans. with Starc getting at least a 3 match ban for him being the aggressor and initiating the conflict. its time we introduce yellow card and red cart system in cricket. just like the way they do in football.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | May 8, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    There are some crazy people here who think that hurling a ball deliberately to hurt is a reasonable response to a batsman causing you to waste some energy. If so, what should be the response to a bowler hurling the ball deliberately to hurt you? I suggest hurling the only thing you are carrying at the time.... the bat! In a real court of law, Starc would have been deemed the aggressor. Pollard's would have been a heated reaction. Starc started the physical aggression. Again the Aussie comes out the winner after being the cause. We know that Pollard does give a bit of chat but he's never been violent. But Starc was the physical aggressor. What would have happened if Pollard had been injured? Would Starc have been fined still? As for the Russell\Watson incident, at least Watson was still looking! Not sure of the ethics but Russell obviously meant to get him out, not to hurt him. The intent matters in a court of law.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    this was a good thing they did by not banning them. Because teams need both players they are important.

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | May 8, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Both meant to hurt the other. Starc meant it first. He started it. Pollard reacted. Starc got off too light! Why should he be allowed to endanger Pollard? What is the difference between pain and injury intentionally caused by a ball and pain and injury caused by a bat. Both can be lethal weapons in the right... or wrong hands. Not fair! Again!

  • POSTED BY ronaldgreat on | May 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Clearly Pollard reaction was a knee jerk reaction....Starc on the other hand was planned....there are some things that just should not be said on the field. We and commentators speculate that it is good for the game but what if that which is being said is beyond the gentlemen's game....Zidane Zidan is a typical example....

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | May 8, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Personally I ran to other room and called my brother to see what was happening in this match and in the end he watched the whole match though he doesn't even like watching cricket. And now has started to follow the matches as well. I understand cricket is a gentlemen's game but bit of spice will not hurt anybody. If anything it has always brought the best out of an individual. Last time Faulkner sledged and we all saw what sammy did on the field. Those were epic scenes when Gayle ran to the field and danced as of they had won the world cup. Same thing happened between Yuvi and flintoff in SA in 2007 WC and Yuvi blasted six sixes in the next over. I will never know what people are crying about. Even in gully cricket we used to have small frictions between us and always wanted to perform against that someone who said something to you. We need Pollard and starc as much as we needed Dravid, Amla and Sachin. What say.

  • POSTED BY Munsta101 on | May 8, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    What's the big deal? Starc bowled the ball. Pollard backed away and then lost grip of his bat whilst trying to play a shot. It happens! Let it go people!!

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | May 8, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Hilarious that we have such precious and comically angry behaviour in an inconsequential (yet overly self important) match as an IPL T20. It puts into perspective some of the passion that is shown in Test cricket that seems to evince a disproportionate quota of hand wringing.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Don't wanna sound like a 10 year old kid.... But starc started it...

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Not a good decision by referee. There should have been 2 match ban on Pollard & 1 match ban on Starc.

  • POSTED BY Kurapati on | May 7, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    These kind of things spice up the contest. I loved to watch Starc showing his angry on Pollard. Over all it's good to some level in cricket as long as spirit is maintained. They know all these happen in spur of a moment..

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | May 7, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Why Pollard 75 pc and Starc 50 pc. It should have been equal or Starc fined more since he started it by verbals after the bouncer. Anyway by standards of cricket the punishment is too light, after all it is not Rugby or Ice hockey

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    They should have received equal fines. Pollard had responsibility in the situation escalating, but Starc ABSOLUTELY started it.

  • POSTED BY inloveofcricket on | May 7, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    This is atrocious and too lenient - whoever the match referee was! - in other fields, esp EPL, would have been a couple of matches ban for both. Remember Suarez, who took a good chunk of Ivonvic's ear & was out for 7. you can throw a bat at someone and get away with 75% match fees! The level of player behavior generally worsened - look at someone like Bumrah.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Both should have been suspended for at least few matches. You cant tolerate this childish behavior from professional cricketers. very soft punishment.

  • POSTED BY Helion on | May 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Such an offence as that deserved one or two game suspension. I'd say they got away easily this time.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    For me, both players must have being fined equally, if not Starc more since he was the originator. He was the first to come up to Pollard and started the angry conversation, for which it was a unharmful response of not responding any words back but by simply head down and wave off. This was quite an embarrassing moment for any fast bowler and feels the appropriate way any bastman could deal with such moments with faster men especially. What followed from Pollard was not really ethical as a fast bowler they do put so much in to a delivery stride form the time they start running, and being on the back end of the game, guy was steaming and should have being bit tired too. Yet the response of Starc was extremely unethical and dangerous by intentionally throwing the ball to Pollard legs, which could have made a disastrous injury. As article said, follow up was too is extremely dangerous, yet the slip up was unintentional. So whatever said and done, fine should be equal the least.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Really disrespectful.Against the ethics of game and cricket.They are sportsmen and role models of many so what message are they sending to their followers? They both deserve severe punishment.

  • POSTED BY IndiaNeedsBowlers on | May 7, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    I don't think fines have any impact what so ever. If there should be a punishment, it has to be bans. because that would also have the Teams and Captains making sure such incidents aren't repeated. Also player history with such offences should be considered when handing out punishments and fines do not count as punishments at least for such international players.

IPL 2014 May 7, 2014

Pollard, Starc fined for altercation

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'Pollard, Starc should have been banned'

Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc have been fined for their heated altercation during the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium on May 6. Pollard lost 75% of his match fee while Starc was penalised 50% by match referee Andy Pycroft.

Both players admitted to level 2 offences under the IPL's code of conduct, under which the penalties for a first offence range from a fine of between 50-100% of match fee and/or a suspension of up to two matches.

Pollard was charged under article 2.2.7 of the code, which deals with, "throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a player, team official, umpire, match referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during a match."

Starc was charged under article 2.2.11, which deals with, "where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute."

The incident occurred in the 17th over of Mumbai's innings. Starc bowled a bouncer at Pollard, who was beaten as he attempted a hook. Starc went up to the batsman and spoke a few words and Pollard's reaction was to wave him off. As Starc ran in to bowl the next ball, Pollard pulled out of the delivery by backing away outside leg stump just as the bowler was approaching his jump. Starc did not abort the delivery, though; instead he followed the batsman and bowled the ball in anger close to Pollard's legs. Pollard responded by swinging his bat hard - appearing to threaten to throw it at the bowler - and it slipped out of his hand and fell on the leg side. Both players were visibly angry and continued to exchange words.

Starc later ran Pollard out, but before swatting the bail off he taunted the hopelessly stranded batsman, asking him to try and make his crease.

Both captains of Mumbai and RCB, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, were fined for slow over-rate offences during the game. Rohit had already been penalised for a poor over-rate during Mumbai's match against Sunrisers, so he was fined INR 24 lakh, while his team-mates were fined the smaller amount between INR 6 lakh and 25% of match fee. Kohli was fined INR 12 lakh because if was his first offence of the season. Royal Challengers bowler Varun Aaron was reprimanded for violating the IPL's clothing regulations.