NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) the board of directors’ committee has endorsed a slew of changes to the game’s terms and conditions that will come into effect from October 1. The most prominent of these is a belated attempt to destigmatize the controversial practice of “Mankading,” or running out of batter at the non-striker end.
The move, which takes its name from Bill Brown’s similar run by the legendary Vinoo Mankad during the 1948 Indian tour, has been for decades. Australiahas been considered against the ‘spirit of the game’, even though it is perfectly legal under the laws of cricket.
Now, as recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee chaired by Sourav Ganguly, the run-out of the non-rush hour has been moved from the ‘unfair play’ section to give it more legitimacy. “The playing conditions follow the laws in moving this method to effect a run-out from the ‘unfair play’ section to the ‘run-out’ section,” the ICC said.
The will of the former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar have long protested the way resignation is mentioned after a prominent Indian cricketer. However, it was Ravichandran Ashwin’s more recent run of non-striker Jos Buttler, in the 2019 IPL, that caused quite a stir and may have caused the recent change.
Technically, this way of running out has always been there. But it was rarely used because a culture was created against it. The runner trying to gain an unfair lead was projected while the victim and bowler were pilloried. In the past, Vinoo Mankad and R Ashwin received the hard end of the stick for doing what was perfectly legal. A rare bowler-friendly move, ICC’s decision removes the stigma from those trying to escape this way. Functionally, it will force non-points to stay in the fold. At a time when T20 is becoming the most played format in the game and last over finishes are common, every inch counts.
the criticism of Ashwin‘s appearance by some prominent English cricketers, and the off-spinner’s subsequent trolling on social media, re-emphasized how the bowler always took the stick for ‘Mankading’, while essentially letting the batter go free because he got out of his ground. used to be. Other key changes ratified by the committee include a permanent ban on the use of saliva, which has been in place since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether a more permanent law will lead to completely obliterating reverse swing as a powerful force in the game remains to be seen.
Also, the method of ‘crossing over’ batters during a captured suspension has been abolished. “Now, when a batter is out, the new batter will come in at the end of the strike, regardless of whether the batters crossed before the flyout was taken,” the ICC said. This will likely help the bowling team, especially in crunch situations where a less established batter is likely to come in.
Another major new feature in the game is the awarding of 5 penalty runs and a dead ball to the batting side if there is an unfair and intentional move by a fielder while a bowler is running towards the bowl.
If both teams agree, hybrid pitches, which are currently only allowed in the women’s T20Is, can now also be used in the men’s T20Is and ODIs. A hybrid pitch is a mix of natural grass and synthetic fibres.