St Kitts & Nevis Patriots opener Evin Lewis and Trinbago Knight Riders pacer Ali Khan have been heavily fined for their altercation during their Hero Caribbean Premier League matchup at Warner Park, St Kitts, on Tuesday night.
During the Super Over, where Patriots won by 13 runs, Lewis confronted Khan after the third ball, which played to the boundary sweeper, because he felt Khan intentionally impeded him as he was trying to go for a second run, which clearly was not on in any event.
Lewis shoved Khan and exchanged some verbal unpleasantries and when the pacer refused to back down, the TKR players and the umpires had to get involved. TKR skipper Kieron Pollard eventually had to intervene, pulling away Lewis, whom he plays with for Trinidad and Tobago and calming both players down.
In a release Wednesday, the CPL said both players had been found in breach of article 2.2.4 of the code of conduct, which regulates inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players during the course of play. On-field umpires Leslie Reifer and Shaun George subsequently reported the incident to match referee Simon Taufel.
When they appeared before Taufel both players pleaded guilty to the charges. Taufel eventually fined Lewis his entire match fee while Khan lost 75%, which both players accepted.
Despite Tuesday's loss, the TKR remained tied on eight points atop the six-team table with the Guyana Amazon Warriors. However, the Warriors have a chance to take over sole leadership of the table as they are playing the Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday night in Kingston.