Trinbago Knight Riders captain Kieron Pollard took social distancing to a whole new level as he walked near the 30-year circle in protest of a terrible umpiring decision during his team’s match against the St. Lucia Kings in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021).
The incident happened during the 19th over of the Trinbago Knight Riders innings when St Lucia Kings’ bowler Wahab Riaz bowled a wide ball. The batsman on strike, Tim Seifert struggled to reach the ball and even fell over in the process of doing so, as the ball was extremely wide.
However, the umpire didn’t signal a wide, leaving both Tim Seifert and captain Kieron Pollard was visibly unhappy with the call. While the former did not have any other choice but to accept it, the latter decided to protest.
CPL 2021: Kieron Pollard Walks Way To Protest Poor Umpiring Decision; Stands Near 30-Yard Circle (Watch Video)
In a viral video doing rounds on social media, Kieron Pollard can be seen in a heated argument with the umpire over him not calling a visible wide ball. After some moments of inconclusive talks, Pollard can be seen walking away in protest. The veteran took a walk and stood near the 30-yard mark, before coming back to a more regular spot.
Here is the video of the incident:
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Speaking of the match, The Knight Riders, who are the defending champions, got their CPL 2021 campaign back on track after a stuttering starts with a commanding win over St Lucia Kings. Two days back, Knight Riders had lost a thrilling chase by five runs against Kings, but there were no slip-ups in this game.
Trinbago Knight Riders were put in to bat first by St Lucia Kings’ captain Faf du Plessis who won the toss and chose to field. Sunil Narine (24), Kieron Pollard’s 41 in 29 balls, and Tim Seifert’s 37 in 25 balls took the Knight Riders to 158/7 in 20 overs. Kesrick Williams was the most successful bowler for St Lucia Kings with figures of 4/24.
In reply, despite Andre Fletcher’s 81* in 55 balls, St Lucia Kings’ innings never got going in the chase. Apart from Fletcher, Faf du Plessis and Mark Deyal made 14 runs each. St Lucia Kings only managed 131/7 in 20 overs and lost the match by 27 runs.
Ravi Rampaul (3/34) and Isuru Udana (2/32) were the most successful bowlers for the Trinbago Knight Riders. Kieron Pollard was named the Player of the Match for his efforts.