‘Absolutely ludicrous,’ says Pollard of TKR receiving their first CPL red card:
In the 20th over against the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Sunil Narine was forced to leave the field since the Knight Riders could only field with ten players.
When Trinbago Knight Riders were bowling against St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Sunday in Basseterre, they fell under the required over rate at the start of each of their final three overs. This was the first time the red card was used in the Caribbean Premier League 2023. As a result, they had just two fielders beyond the 30-yard circle for the last over and were down to ten men after taking Sunil Narine off the field.
According to the CPL’s new regulations, if the bowling team does not begin the 18th over promptly, one more fielder enters the 30-yard circle, with four permitted outside. One more fielder must join the circle, leaving three in the outfield, if they go over the time restriction at the start of the 19th over. A player must leave the field and only two players may be outside the circle if the last over is not started promptly. All three penalties were committed by the Knight Riders, and the Patriots’ No. 5 Sherfane Rutherford made them pay by scoring 18 runs in the last over, which was bowled by Dwayne Bravo.
Nicholas Pooran, captain Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell fortunately hammered their way to the 179-run goal with 17 balls remaining for Knight Riders. Later on, Pollard referred to the new penalty rule as “absolutely ridiculous.”
Ian Bishop announced on the official broadcast, “This could be a historic moment here… oh, red card,” as on-field umpire Zahid Bassarath whipped out the red card prior to the start of the Patriots innings’ last over. “You should not view that color card. Someone must leave the field because they can only field with 10. Just two are beyond the 30-yard circle. That is the very last thing Pollard would desire. Likewise, picture the bowler.
With little choices for fielding, Pollard ordered Narine, who had completed his four-over period with three for twenty-four, to leave the field.
After the game, Pollard said on the broadcast, “To be honest, it will take away the hard work everyone has done.” “We are treated like pawns and will do as instructed. We will play as quickly as we can. It is absurd to be penalized for 30 to 45 seconds in a competition like this.
In the 2023 CPL, red cards—a first in the sport—will be used in both men’s and women’s divisions to tackle slow over rates. Michael Hall, director of tournament operations for the CPL, had stated in a statement prior to the commencement of the competition, “We have been disappointed that our T20 games have been getting longer and longer each year, and we want to do what we can to arrest this trend.”
penalties for slow over-rates
- Five players must be present in the fielding circle at all times if the team is behind the required over rate at the beginning of the 18th over.
- Two more fielders must enter the fielding circle, making a total of six fielders inside the circle, if behind the rate at the start of the 19th over.
- Teams will lose a player from the field, chosen by the captain if they are behind the rate at the start of the last over. This leaves six players in the fielding circle.
- Batting teams will also be expected to keep the game moving. The batting side will incur a five-run penalty for each instance of time squandering following the umpires’ first and last warnings.
The 17th over of the innings must be finished by 72 minutes and 15 seconds, the 18th by 76 minutes and 30 seconds, and the 19th by 80 minutes and 45 seconds before the last over ends inside 85 minutes, according to the 85-minutes-per-innings rule for T20 cricket.
“Over rates will be monitored by the third umpire and communicated to the captains via on-field umpires at the conclusion of every over, as well as to the crowd and TV audience,” according to a CPL statement. When appropriate, “Dispensations will be given for injuries, DRS, and time-wasting by the batting side.”