New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Wellington January 7, 2009

Pollard reprimanded for damaging dressing-room door

Cricinfo staff


A security guard picks up the shattered remains of Kieron Pollard's action © Getty Images
 

West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his third ODI against New Zealand in Wellington.

Pollard was pulled up for damaging the glass panel of a dressing-room door, an incident which occurred soon after his dismissal. Adjudged lbw by umpire Mark Benson, Pollard left the field visibly disappointed - swinging his bat in disgust - and ended up venting his frustration in the pavilion. He had scored only 1, which continued his poor run in the ODI series - seven runs in three innings.

After a hearing at the end of the game, Javagal Srinath, the match referee, found Pollard to have violated Level 1.2 of the code which relates to "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, group equipment of fixtures and fittings".

Level 1 offences carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of a fine equivalent to 50% of a player's match fee. Pollard, 21, was let off without a fine. "The player pleaded guilty to the charge and apologised for his actions to New Zealand Cricket," Srinath said. "This apology and the fact he is relatively early in his career were taken into consideration."

The incident was brought to the attention of the match referee by both New Zealand Cricket's cricket administrative manager Tim Murdoch and West Indies manager Omar Khan.

Srinath reached his decision after a hearing attended by the player, Omar Khan and Murdoch.