West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard got involved in a verbal spat with world’s heaviest cricketer Rahkeem Cornwall during the Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Stars. Chasing 196, Stars’ batsman Cornwall took on Barbados bowling attack but after a fiery 44-ball 78, Cornwall walked out of the field citing the reason as retire hurt and that left Pollard absolutely furious.
Rakheem Cornwell who weighs 140 kg, played a big inning at the top of the order. Cornwall’s adventurous 78 off 44 balls made the Tridents bowling unit sweat in defence of 195 for 4 but his curious decision to retire hurt in the 18th over, he had been hit in the stomach by a Kieron Pollard short ball in the 16th over, was a major turner of the game. Initially, the batsman was okay to continue but Cornwall wound up facing just five more deliveries. A delay ensured he faced one ball in the 18th over before deciding he could no longer continue.
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Pollard was unimpressed with Cornwall’s inability to fight through the pain, not to mention unsympathetic, Pollard gave Cornwall a verbal spray on his way off the field. Pollard later pointed again at him after taking two catches. The loss is a symbolic moment for the franchise as Stars became the first team in CPL history to record a winless season.
To note, this is not the first time when Pollard had indulged in a verbal spat with a fellow cricketer. During the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL), Pollard while playing for Mumbai Indian was got involved in an ugly on-field exchange with Australian fast-bowler Mitchell Starc (who was playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore).