London:West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard was slapped with a fine of 25 per cent of his match fee for impeding the bowler s path to the ball in the second T20 match against South Africa on Thursday.
Pollard was charged with a Level 1 offence under article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket. Offences included in Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct can range from an official reprimand up to 50 per cent of his or her match fee.
The charge was laid by on-field umpires Norman Malcolm and Clyde Duncan as well as third umpire Goaland Greeves.
Pollard pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by match referee Roshan Mahanama at the conclusion of the match.
The incident took place in the 18th over of the West Indies innings when Pollard ran towards the non-striker s end in such a way that he impeded the bowler s path to the ball.
"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," said Mahanama.
"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."