Dubai, May 22: West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during his team's second and final T20 match against South Africa on Friday.
According to an ICC press release, Pollard was charged with a Level 1 offence under article 2.1.8 of the code which relates to conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Norman Malcolm and Clyde Duncan as well as third umpire Goaland Greeves.
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.
The South African team was also fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during its 13-run victory over West Indies in the first Twenty20 International in Antigua on Wednesday.
In accordance with ICC Code of Conduct regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
As such, Smith has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee while his players receive 10-per-cent fines. Smith was guilty of a similar offence in T20Is during the ICC World Twenty20 2010 and, under the terms of the ICC Code of Conduct, if he is guilty of three in total in this format of the game over a 12-month period, he will automatically receive a one-match suspension.
The offence is contrary to Article 2.5.1 of the code which relates to minor over-rate offences. The penalty was accepted by South Africa without contest so there was no need for a hearing.