West Indies v South Africa, 2nd T20, Antigua May 21, 2010

Kieron Pollard fined for blocking bowler's path

Cricinfo staff

Kieron Pollard, the West Indies batsman, has been fined 25% of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his team's one-run defeat at the hands of South Africa in Antigua. Pollard was charged with a Level 1 offence under article 2.1.8 of the code which relates to conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket.

The incident took place in the 18th over of West Indies' innings when Pollard ran towards the non-striker's end in such a way that he impeded the bowler's - Dale Steyn - path to the ball. Pollard pleaded guilty to the charge.

"A competitive attitude is to be promoted and cherished on the cricket field but players must also remember at all times to play within the spirit of the game," Roshan Mahanama, the match referee, said. "On this occasion Kieron has overstepped the mark and I have fined him 25 per cent of his match fee, a penalty that he has accepted."