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.

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  • muz 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Donna 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Donna 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!

  • Ronald 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....

  • Yousuf 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.

  • Ed 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!!

  • disco 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.

  • Android on May 8, 2014, 11:13 GMT

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

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