Bangladesh v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla June 21, 2010

Umar Amin's run-out 'unfortunate', says Waqar


The controversial run-out of Pakistan batsman Umar Amin against Bangladesh has again brought into focus the much-debated spirit of cricket.

Amin had punched a delivery to long-off and completed an easy single in the 22nd over with Pakistan coasting at 135 for 1. After grounding his bat, Amin started to walk across the stumps to take up his position at the non-striker's end because the bowler, Mahmudullah, was bowling from round the wicket. While doing so, Amin was out of the crease with his bat was in the air, and the bowler - not facing the batsman, and unaware of Amin's position - perfunctorily whipped off the bails. Shakib Al Hasan, fielding at extra cover, noticed Amin was out of his crease and appealed for a run-out. The third umpire declared the batsman out. Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, speaking to reporters after the game, termed the dismissal "unfortunate".

Younis said that though Amin was out according to the rules, it was sad his innings had ended in that manner. "I mean he was out, if you open the law book, he's out, but the way whole thing happened, it feels sometimes it was sad," Younis said. "He's a youngster, he's talented, he needed time out there, which I think he took. He looked very good, but it's just unfortunate."

Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, did not wish to comment on the incident. "I wasn't even watching, so I don't have a clue," he said.

The spirit of cricket had also taken centre stage during last year's ICC Champions Trophy when Angelo Mathews was recalled by England captain Andrew Strauss after he was run out following a collision with bowler Graham Onions while turning for the second run.

There have been several incidents similar to the Amin run-out in the past, the most recent being Muttiah Muralitharan being declared run-out during the Christchurch Test in 2006 after the stumps were broken once he rushed to congratulate his batting partner Kumar Sangakkara for completing a hundred. The man who dismissed Murali on that occasion was Brendon McCullum, who had been involved in another such run-out, of Chris Mpofu, in a Test against Zimbabwe in 2005.

Perhaps the most famous of this sort of dismissal is former England captain Tony Greig running out Alvin Kallicharran during the first Test against West Indies at Port-of-Spain in February 1974. Unbeaten on 142, Kallicharan watched Bernard Julien defend the final delivery of the day. He had backed up a few steps, but seeing the wicketkeeper flick off the bails to indicate the end of the day he continued to walk towards the pavilion. Greig then threw down the stumps at the bowler's end and Kallicharan was ruled out. The decision, however, was overruled after a two-and-a-half hour meeting at the ground.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2010, 9:40 GMT props to shakib al hasan for good attention to detail, need more players w a brain in the game. people are just mad because it doesn't happen that way too often. get over it!

  • Kunal on June 24, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Hi all guys - i would just like to clarify - that the two freak Inzamam run out dismissals were against England and not India

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Do uu guyz remember the ridiculous incident against Inzama-ul-Haq and MISBAH-ul-Haq and both occured against India............... + every1 does ball tampering England, Aus, India(sachin himself did so), Pak ------ but its only a matter of who gets caught... y dnt u guyz read cricketer autobiographies???

  • Manesh on June 23, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    @ meqasim . Nice to see some Pakistanis talking about spirit of the game! :D I request you to compare you teams attitude with SAs which I mentioned in my earlier post. Thats the spirit, thats whats called gentleman's game.

    Double standards on similar issues shows your spirit. In this game, if B'desh won because of that, you may feel the spirit better!!!.

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    @Sankararaman u r trying to say Afridi did same as ur ledgent did for what he was banned for 2 matchs that means what he did was bigger crime then what Afridi did coz he just baned for T20 ..... Means Idian cricket palyers are best in cheating???? Isn't it???

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Still i cant understant all shit written here abt Sachin and all... how could u guys can compare this incedet with Sachin???? U Indian Guys r fool....

  • Bobby on June 23, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Man007- Read my name mate and think before you write. I am not Pakistani. I am just an admirer of good old game of cricket.

    I repeat, it is silly that Tendulkar's run out is being mentioned as that was a clear cut run out given by the umpire due to superb piece of fielding. Shoib Akhtar did not intentionally block Tendulkar's path. Its history. As I said, there is no guarantee that India would have won.

    Problem with Indian team and supporters is that they hype themselve so much and live on non sensical ICC rankings that when it matters, team India fails to deliver. Tendulkar the most overrated batsman of game is like a God while whiole world knows Brian Lara was way better than tendulkars! What has India won in recent past?? Any world cup, ICC champs trophey, ?? Anything of note in international events. Nothing!..Your IPL has become a hall of shame. Just on other day Pakistan kicked team India out of ICC champs trophey.Enjoy the game and do no sulk over past...!

  • Qasim on June 23, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    @man007. So you mean to say, a batsman can never be out at 99, 199, 299. You seem to have missed the Chennai test in the same series as the Calcutta Test (although this one was part of the Asian Test Champioinship). Tendulkar was batting at 130+ with India needing 16 more to win with four wickets in hand. He got out and Pakistan won by 11 runs.

    You are right, theres no defending what Afridi did or Rashid latif did. At the same time, there should be no defending what Saint Dravid or Saint Tendulkar did or any other player does.

    However, Tendulkar's run out, as unfortunate as it was, was in no way against the spirit of the game.

  • Manesh on June 23, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Pakistanis trying to defend Afridi's ball tampering case with Sachin's and Dravid's case. lol... funny. Neither SA team nor any players complained about the them. No video footage shows that they did anything wrong. Check the news papers and what your own legends replied to that incident and Afridi's incident. These people must be in a fool's paradise! And Inzamam is notorious for his lazy running and I never heard a complained aboutthose mentioned incidents from Paki team ever!. And someone mentioned that India was not going to win the match!. Just check the scoreboaed before you post. India lost the match by 12 runs and Schin was batting on 100+. You must be a fool to say that a batsman batting on 100+ can't score those 12-15 runs!!. I can find only one reson for these comments- that is, Pakistan fans yet to digest India's win. Pakistan got enough runout, catch chances and if your team not able to capitalize those, then you are not deserved to win. better luck next time! :P

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    gambhir should be banned for matches he always fights with anyone.

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