Pollard and Starc reprimanded for on-field altercation

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard and Royal Challengers Bangalore pace bowler Mitchell Starc have both been heavily reprimanded for their highly intense on-field altercation on May 6.

Pollard was fined 75 per cent of his match fee, while Starc was docked 50 per cent of his match fee.

Pollard was charged under article 2.2.7 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to “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 meanwhile was charged under article 2.2.11, which relates to “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.”

Both Pollard and Starc pleaded guilty to the charges against them, which were brought forth by match referee Andy Pycroft.

The incident occurred in the 17th over of Mumbai’s innings when Starc bowled a bouncer and had a few words for Pollard. It immediately got out of control two balls later when Pollard pulled out and Starc deliberately aimed the ball at the powerful West Indian. Pollard responded by throwing his bat at Starc, but luckily it slipped out of his hand before he could complete the throw.

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