India cricket greats welcome ‘Mankad’ run out law change

India greats such as Sachin Tendulkaron Thursday welcomed cricket’s governing body changing the law on
controversial “Mankad” run outs, which will no longer be classed as “unfairplay”.

The rare mode of dismissal — where a bowler runs out the non-striker in their delivery stride if the batter is out of his crease — was named after Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, who 75 years ago ran out Bill Brown twice in that fashion on a tour of Australia in 1947.

India cricket greats welcome 'Mankad' run out law change

India cricket greats:The nickname for that type ofdismissal has stuck ever since, much to the annoyance of Mankad, who died in1978, and other Indian cricketers.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the custodians of the sport’s laws,have always held such dismissals are legitimate and batters should not seekto gain an advantage by backing up out of their ground.

But confusingly, the dismissal was listed under Law 41: “Unfair Play”.But in one of several changes announced by the MCC this week that willcome into effect from October 1, it will now be covered under Law 38: “RunOut”.

India cricket greats welcome 'Mankad' run out law change

“I was always uncomfortable with that particular dismissal being calledMankaded,” Tendulkar said in a video message.

“I am really happy that it’s been changed to run out. It always shouldhave been run out according to me. So this is one good news for all of us.”

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ran out England’s Jos Buttler at thenon-striker’s end in an Indian Premier League game in 2019 and was widelycriticised for acting against the spirit of cricket.

England pace great Stuart Broad on Wednesday said, despite the law change,he would not run someone out with a Mankad.

“I think it is unfair & wouldn’t consider it, as in my opinion, dismissinga batter is about skill & the Mankad requires zero skill,” Broad wrote onTwitter.

– Saliva ban – Former India batsman WV Raman responded: “It is not about skill, butgetting punished for a crime. Of course, on a cricket field, it is aboutdisregarding the laws of the game.

India cricket greats welcome 'Mankad' run out law change

“A traffic cop doesn’t display skill when he books someone for jumping atraffic signal!

“The most important thing about the modification in the rule is that itwon’t be called Mankading.

“At long last common sense prevails and an all-rounder of great skillswill not be tarnished any more.”

Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar strongly objected to the termMankading and called for it to be dropped, saying it sullied the name. Ifanything, he said, it should be “Browned not Mankaded”. Tnere are several other changes to the laws.

The use of saliva on the ball will be banned, which also removes any grearea of fielders sucking sweets or mints to help keep the shine.

The law around judging a wide has also been amended, with bowlers givenmore leeway because batters now move more in their crease before a ball isbowled.

India cricket greats welcome 'Mankad' run out law change

The incoming batter will now be on strike for the next ball after a catch,regardless of whether the batters cross while the ball is in the air –change designed to reward the bowler for taking a wicket.

The only time a new batter will not face the next delivery is if thewicket falls with the last ball of an over.

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source:NEW DELHI, March 10, 2022 (BSS/AFP)

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