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BCCI punishes Tim David, Keiron Pollard for illegally assisting Suryakumar Yadav in DRS review during MI vs PBKS

BCCI punishes Tim David, Keiron Pollard for illegally assisting Suryakumar Yadav in DRS review during MI vs PBKS

The punishment follows a controversy that was sparked by a viral video of the game, in which players from the five-time champions' squad and support staff were seen allegedly giving batter Suryakumar Yadav illegal assistance when he asked for a review.

Following their team’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match against Punjab Kings at the Mullanpur Cricket Stadium on April 18, Mumbai Indians batter Tim David and batting coach Kieron Pollard have been fined for violating the IPL’s Code of Conduct.

This follows a controversy that was sparked by a viral video of the game, in which players from the five-time champions’ squad and support staff were seen allegedly giving batter Suryakumar Yadav illegal assistance when he asked for a review.

Arshdeep Singh’s delivery in the game’s fifteenth over of the Mumbai Indians innings was full and far outside off-stump, nearly touching the tramline. Playing at 67 in 47 deliveries at the time, Suryakumar attempted to chase it. It was judged a lawful delivery by the umpire. But then the camera cut to the MI dugout, where Tim David and batting coach Kieron Pollard could be seen urging the batter to take a review by making the ‘T’ sign with their hands, and head coach Mark Boucher was seen signaling to Suryakumar that it was a wide.

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According to Article 2.20 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials, a player playing on the field is forbidden from “seeking assistance from any person off the field of play in order to decide whether to request a referral to the TV Umpire”.

Pollard and David both committed Level 1 offenses. Twenty percent of their respective match fees were fined to each of them.

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