Sport Staff
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4 Sep 2017
4:11 pm

WATCH: The ‘spirit of cricket’ seems pretty much dead

Sport Staff

West Indies T20 specialist Evin Lewis was on his way to an unlikely hundred in the CPL before Kieron Pollard threw him a proverbial stinker.

Evin Lewis' treatment in the CPL is the latest evidence that the 'spirit of cricket' is a myth. Photo: Ashley Allen - CPL T20 via Getty Images.

Along with golf, cricket has been marketed as the “gentlemen’s game” over the past century.

Given that it’s not a contact sport and it’s middle-class roots, people believe it’s a sporting code with inherent good sportsmanship.

But as T20 cricket has gained popularity and money has streamed in, there’s increasing evidence that the so-called “spirit of cricket” is dead.

The latest episode occurred in the Caribbean Premier League match between the Patriots and Tridents.

Patriots opener Evin Lewis was on his way to a whirlwind century before Kieron Pollard, who will play for the Bloem City Blazers in the T20 Global League later this year, showed him a symbolic middle finger.

Chasing just 129 for victory, Lewis smashed 97 off just 32 balls – including 11 sixes.

With one run needed for victory, the left-hander could’ve reached a sensational hundred with another boundary.

But Pollard was having none of it and decided to bowl a no-ball, which looked suspiciously deliberate.

It was a sad way for the match to end.

At least Lewis could still bask in the glory of a brilliant batting display: