ICC news June 6, 2014

Deter batsmen from backing up - ICC cricket committee

ESPNcricinfo staff

A few days after Jos Buttler became the first batsman to be mankaded in international cricket since 1992, the ICC's cricket committee has recommended non-strikers need to be "deterred" from backing up. The committee also supported the view, expressed by certain international captains, that there was no need for the on-field umpire to check with the fielding captain if his team's appeal stood in case the non-striker was mankaded.

"The cricket committee believes that a non-striker should be deterred from leaving his or her crease before the time the bowler normally delivers the ball," the committee's statement said. "It did not support a formal warning being introduced prior to a bowler being eligible to run out a non-striker, but it did support the view expressed by some captains that the umpires shouldn't ask the captain whether he wanted the appeal to stand before making a final decision. The law strikes a sensible balance between preventing a batsman from gaining an advantage, whilst at the same time preventing the bowler from unfairly seducing the batsman into leaving his crease by faking to deliver and then holding on to the ball."

The recent incident of mankading took place during the series decider between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston. In the 42nd over of England's innings, offspinner Sachithra Senanayake warned both Buttler and Chris Jordan for backing up too far. He followed up on his threat in his next over, mankading Buttler, who was nearly a yard out of his crease. The umpires declared Buttler out after Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews upheld the bowler's appeal.

The incident escalated immediately after, when England captain Alastair Cook expressed his disappointment and suggested Sri Lanka had "crossed a line". According to Mahela Jayawardene, Buttler had been backing up too much despite two warnings, leaving Senanayake with no choice but to run him out.

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  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    so many people say mankading is unsportsmanlike and all that but not one has failed to justify why. I have heard descriptions saying its unusual and rare but that doesn't mean anything. so how is mankading unsportsmanlike anyone.

  • Joe on June 8, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Oh my goodness, there are a lot of bad ideas in this feedback! When will people realise that the laws, as they are, are perfectly fine. There is nothing unfair, unsportsmanlike or illegal about a non-striker backing up too far. Nor is there anything unfair, unsportsmanlike or illegal if a bowler runs him out for doing so. End of story. Move on people.

  • Ata on June 8, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @Nawas Azeez: before this, it happend iin 1992,,, guess who was the bowler to do this? Kapil dave.... So why you inidans blame srilankans to be unfair?

  • Kav on June 7, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    The rule should be followed as is, and to the letter, without warnings being given and umpires consulting the captain about it. After all no one asks a captain if he wants to let the ruling for a catch stand. And if it were followed to the letter, batsmen would learn, really quickly, that they shouldn't do it. After all the number of no balls in ODIs have gone down to almost none since the free hit rule was introduced, and a free hit is almost nothing to loosing a wicket.

    And to people claiming that it should only be used as deterrent to getting an undue advantage: With the technology today and batsmen being ruled in or out by mere fractions of inches, a foot is quite a lot isn't it?

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Sri Lankans,English,Australians,Pakistanis,Indians,South African as well as West Indians they are all matured cricketers and as such they themselves should understand what is wrong or what is right in cricket of these days. As far as Buttler's case is concerned, if he was crossing the line even before ball being balled and run taken it can as well be argued that is NO RUN. But no the umpires do not rule it as NO RUN. Every team as well as players should play cricket. Buttler was out and England lost the match and the series. The story ends there.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @cricketisagame, I was thinking of trying to find a solution to the present situation since even though there is law, once the batsmen is Mankaded it raises the issue of Spirit of the Game into being. If the Umpire at first gives a warning to the non-striker, in the 2nd instance he can deduct some runs from the batting team and in the 3rd instance to declare the batsman out thus taking this whole issue of Spirit of the Game out of the equation. After few instances I am sure the batting team would be more careful and batsmen would wait till the ball is bowled to start their running.

  • Ash on June 7, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @Lalith Andrady, Your suggestion is not practical mate. How many times the umpire can recall the batsman? How many times a fast bowler in his run up can be asked to abort his delivery when he is already in delivery stride. If you recall, the present day captains are fined for slow over rates in all the formats. Do you think this will help when it comes to time and slow over rate..?? If there is slow over rate who should be punished? This will open a new issue which is open for discussion with no solution. The present solution of declaring the batsman out, when he is out of the crease for naked eye, without warning him or discussing with the fielding captain, is the best way.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    It is like a stumping at the non striker end, simple as that. Imagine a striker comes out of the crease the bowler bowls a wide and the keeper stumps him. It is a wide, ball not counted but the batsmen is out. Same law and principal applies here. This can be made official and for history sake it cane be call "Mankaded".

  • Arun on June 7, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    @Nawas Azeez Well Said. Rules are used for most unusual reasons and it hurts the spirit of game. No more gentlemen game since it's in the hands of businessmen.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Well people have to respect the rules of the game.. They have to understand anything within the rules ( and mind you, there was a warning ) is perfectly within the spirit of the game..

    what happened to the good old days when non-striker will start walking well behind the crease along with the bowler,, with his bat in crease till the bowl is delivered... this gives the batsman moment to take the quick single and yet obey the rules by staying in the crease till the ball is delivered..

    Why do you have to start walking outside the crease even before the ball is delivered..

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