Kieron Pollard death hoax: West Indies star busy playing T10 league as fake video of fatal car accident goes viral
At the time the fake video and the news went viral, Pollard was plying his trade for Deccan Gladiators against Pune Devils in the second match of the Abu Dhabi T10 League on Thursday.
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While the internet is one of the best sources to remain updated about what’s going on around the world, sometimes this platform is also used for wrong reasons. More often than not, one sees some miscreants spreading fake news on the popular social media platforms. And recently something similar happened with West Indies star Kieron Pollard.
While the star allrounder is busy playing in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi, a fake video on YouTube has gone viral which claims that he was involved in a fatal car accident. Quite a number of videos regarding the accident were doing rounds on the internet, making many fall for Pollard’s death hoax. Unsurprisingly, the rumour spread on Twitter and other social media platforms like a wildfire.
At the time the fake video and the news went viral, Pollard was plying his trade for Deccan Gladiators against Pune Devils in the second match of the Abu Dhabi T10 League on Thursday (January 28). In fact, Pollard was leading the team. The West Indies T20I skipper failed to make a mark with the bat, scoring just two as his team suffered a crushing 7-wicket loss in their tournament-opener.
Fake news doing the rounds
As soon as the rumours of Kieron Pollard’s death started doing the rounds on social media, we checked the YouTube videos and found out that those were absolutely fake. It should be remembered that something similar had happened with former India cricketer Suresh Raina. Some videos on YouTube had claimed that the batsman died in a road accident before he quashed those rumours and hit out at the miscreants.
Meanwhile, Pollard recently pulled out of West Indies’ ongoing tour of Bangladesh due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. He was one of the several big names from the team to withdraw from the competition, compelling West Indies to play the series with a depleted team. So far, the tour has turned out to be a forgettable one for the Caribbean outfit.
Bangladesh whitewashed them in the three-match ODI series with the utmost ease. Both the teams are currently preparing for the upcoming two-match Test series, starting on February 3.