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ICC rules change Impact: Ashwin trolling for Mankading is a thing of the past and the reverse swing could be extinct | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: A proud Indian, Sunil Gavaskar would always be furious if someone around him used the word ‘Mankading‘, because he felt it was an insult to one of the country’s first superstar cricketers, Vinoo Mankad.
During the 1948 tour of Australia, Mankad had the famous home team goalkeeper Bill Brown, who often left his crease at the end of the non-striker, to gain a few yards.
Mankad warned Brown a few times before sending him out for trying to “gain ground unfairly”. It was a perfectly legal way of getting fired, but the Australian media called it ‘Mankading’.
The first world nations — England and Australia — picked up the term, claiming that the practice is against the spirit of the game.
“Why do we call it Mankading and not Browned?” once asked Gavaskar.
Kapil Dev was panned in 1992 for running out Peter Kirsten in an ODI, while Murali Kartik faced the wrath of Railways and English county cricket many times during his career simply for playing by the rules.
When Ravichandran Ashwin chased Jos Buttler out during an IPL game, all hell broke loose with Jimmy Anderson, playfully (but not without making a point), putting the Indian off-spinner’s photo into a shredder. Metaphorically tearing Ashwin to shreds to play with the spirit of the game.
With the ICC finally calling it “running out” and removing “unfair play” from its rulebook, the destigmatization of turning players away from non-attackers has begun.
The changes to the ICC’s game terms will take effect on October 1.
We look at each rule and its implications for the teams:
Rule 1. Batters return when caught: When a batter is out, the new batter comes in on the batter’s end, regardless of whether the batters have already crossed before the flyout was taken.
implication: In close games, this rule will be gold dust for the bowling teams. Often, when the last few wickets are left and at least one established batter is on the non-striker’s end, normally during a catch the crossing would give a clear advantage to the set batter. But the rule change means that on the fall of the ninth wicket due to a catch, number 11 must strike.
Rule 2: Using saliva to polish the ball: This ban has been in place in international cricket for over two years as a temporary measure related to Covid, and it is considered appropriate to make the ban permanent.
implication: The saliva is heavier than body sweat and for decades it has helped bowlers use it as one of the methods of preserving the shine on one side and making it heavier as the other side builds up. That is how reverse swing came into play and if you look at the exhibition games over the past two years, the conventional swing takes over the reverse order in red ball format.
Rule 3: Incoming batter ready to face the ball: An incoming batter must now be ready to hit within two minutes in Tests and ODIs, while the current ninety second threshold in T20Is remains unchanged.
Implications: This is done to avoid deliberate time-wasting tactics, especially in close exhibition games on the fifth day, when a team hitting in the fourth innings during the final phase tries to delay proceedings.
Rule 4: The attacker’s right to play the ball: This is restricted so that part of their bat or person must remain within the field. Should they dare to go further, the referee will call and signal the ball. Any ball that would force the batter to leave the field is also not called a ball.
Implications: There is no such meaning as this is very, very rare at the highest level.
Rule 5: Dishonest move by the fielding side: Any unfair and intentional move while the bowler runs toward the bowl can now result in the umpire awarding five penalty runs to the batting side, in addition to being called a dead ball.
Implications: Field players normally back up and cover some ground, but that would now be considered unfair if it happens before the delivery is complete. Some fast singles in the circle, who used to be rescued, may be no different.
Rule 6: Running out of the non-striker: Game conditions follow the laws of moving this method to effect a run-out from the “unfair play” section to the “run-out” section.
implication: The rule has always been in effect, but it is the bowler who has been given the stick by the cricket community, as the Australians and English saw it as going against the spirit of cricket. Bowlers have been judged over the years on what is considered legal in letter, but not in spirit. It will now change.
Rule 7: Bowler throws to batter’s end before pitch: Previously, a bowler who saw the batter advance along the wicket before going into their bowling pass could throw the ball in an attempt to run the batter out. This exercise is now called a dead ball.
implication: Nothing much, as most bowlers aren’t seen with this trick. Fast bowlers in particular are on the move, and even if they find a batter giving the charge while loading, it’s hard to pull back from the action as it can cause injury.
Rule 7: The in-match penalty introduced in T20Is in January 2022 (whereby a field team’s failure to bowl their overs at the scheduled stop time results in an additional fielder being brought into the field circle for the remaining overs of the innings) , will also be applied in ODI competitions after the completion of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League in 2023.
implication: The teams now sometimes take nearly four hours to complete the 50 overs, knowing that only a symbolic financial penalty is in order, and that too is paid for by the boards. This rule would mean that one less fielder outside the 30-yard circle in the last two or three overs could greatly affect play. Especially for defending parties.

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