In the Caribbean Premier League 2023, cricket enthusiasts have been treated to thrilling encounters, but an unfortunate incident between Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran during a fixture between Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Royals grabbed the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Trinbago Knight Riders emerged victorious in this high-scoring contest, posting an impressive total of 208/6, largely thanks to Nicholas Pooran’s magnificent century.
However, the memorable moments from this match weren’t just about batting prowess but also a heated on-field altercation between two West Indian teammates, Pooran and Pollard. The incident unfolded during the 10th over of the innings when Rahkeem Cornwall was bowling. Kieron Pollard faced a good-length delivery on the leg stump and pushed the ball towards fine leg, well inside the 30-yard circle.
Initially, both Pollard and Pooran set off for a single run, but Kyle Mayers, stationed at the fielding position, quickly retrieved the ball. As Pollard reversed his decision and retreated to his crease, Pooran continued running to the batter’s end. This miscommunication led to both batters ending up at the same end of the pitch. The confusion sparked an intense argument between Pollard and Pooran, with the West Indies teammates engaging in a heated debate in the middle of the pitch.
The incident raised questions about their running between the wickets and the breakdown in communication between the two players. Upon reviewing the replays, it became evident that Pollard was dismissed due to his delay in returning to the crease, making Pooran’s survival at the other end irrelevant.
The incident stirred a frenzy on social media, with fans and cricket enthusiasts sharing their opinions and reactions to the on-field drama. While cricket is often celebrated for its sportsmanship and camaraderie, instances like this serve as a reminder that even in the heat of competition, tempers can flare and disagreements can arise among teammates. The incident between Pollard and Pooran serves as a lesson in the importance of clear communication and understanding on the cricket field, where teamwork is paramount.
Here is the video of the incident:
Wait a minute, what just happened??? A run out at the Queens Park Oval but who is out Kieron Pollard or Nicholas Pooran? #CPL23 #TKRvBR #CricketPlayedLouder #BiggestPartyInSport pic.twitter.com/uq52I5cfrb
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 7, 2023