The recent Mankading incident during the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh has again landed cricket in the middle of fresh controversies. Keemo Paul, a West Indies player, used a mankad method to dismiss Zimbabwe player and register a narrow 2 run victory to secure a berth in Quarter Finals.
This rule is named after Vinoo Mankad, after he dismissed Australia’s Bill Brown in 1947. The rule states that, The MCC (Law 42.15) states that “The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.”
Criticism started coming over from the cricket fraternity, which was actually hard to digest. Man of the veterans from around the globe called it a cheap and unethical move to win a match. The question then arises that why is the move considered to be wrong when it is clearly stated in the I.C.C rule book?
Same incident happened when R. Ashwin dismissed Sri Lankan batsmen Lahiri Thirimanne in 2012 after giving him a prior warning. But, the decision was withdrawn from the stand in skipper Virender Sehwag on the terms of good sportsmanship.
I.C.C and other cricket council from around the world should clear the rule to avoid any further controversies regarding it. It should be made clear to the players that the warning rule in this rule stands mandatory.
It is hard to believe that players at this level with plenty experience still land up in the trap of these fishy rules. The on field umpires should be made clear of the decision they have to give in such situations to avoid disgraceful comments off the field.
In my opinion, the Mankading rule shall either be implemented without any prior warning because we don’t warn any player before giving him out in any other rule. This has to be done quickly as the cricket just intensifies in the near future, with clashes of the big titans.