West Indies v Zimbabwe, Under-19 World Cup February 2, 2016

'Can't believe what I have just seen! Embarrassing!'

ESPNcricinfo staff

When West Indies' Keemo Paul effected a mankad to claim the last Zimbabwe Under-19 wicket, it divided cricketing opinion. Many current and former players took to Twitter to condemn the act.

There were some voices of support for the mankading as well.

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  •   Shurland Sucre on February 7, 2016, 0:38 GMT

    If the batting side needs one run to win and the bowler over steps the popping crease he/she will be No 'balled' because by over-stepping the bowler is deemed to be trying to gain an unfair advantage; the batting side wins is that not the law and consistent with the 'sprit' and fairness of the game? If the batsman/woman is trying to shorten the distance he/she has to run by 'backing up' 'o GAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE by reducing the distance to the other crease is that within the 'spirit' and fairness of he game? The rules and law of the game are NOT silent in either instant. Coaches and managers have a responsibility to teach young cricketers the RULES AND LAWS of the game and ensure they are adhered to- it's called discipline. A batsman/woman who effuses to 'walk' knowing he/she hit the ball and a legitimate catch has been taken, a fielder claiming a catch which he knows has gone to ground, cursing, taunting, abusing (sledging) are not within the 'spirit' of the game.

  •   Chaya Balram on February 6, 2016, 17:24 GMT

    In this particular case, the batsman was away from the crease about an inch and a half while trying to reach back onto bowling crease. So an inch and a half is very very important. In such a case, why is he trying to claim couple of feet or yards illegally before the bowler bowls ?

  •   Gavin Grant on February 6, 2016, 7:11 GMT

    those professional cricketers out there who say it is a disgrace are quite dumb. Its a rule after all so why is it against the spirit of the game? Your team has to defend 3 runs to have a better chance of winning a world cup Even tho its most likely windies19 lose in their quater final match vs pakistan but theres no sense in giving up hope At that point in time kemo pual needed to give his team his captain his nation a breakthrough and he got it The batsman was out of his crease before the delivery and pual saw where he could get a wicket I'm a young schoolboy cricketer but I'm sure i hav more cricket knowledge than some of those "international stars" an one thing i know playin any game one must #winatallcosts as long as it is abiding the rules of the game

  • John on February 4, 2016, 23:26 GMT

    @burnie01 on February 4, 2016, 16:11 GMT

    "...he probably didn't even know exactly where his bat was in relation to the line."

    Don't you see the inherent problem there? Why didn't the batsman know where his bat was? We criticise bowlers who don't know where their front foot is. Because of the pervasive attitude towards this type of run out, batsmen feel that they can be lazy in this regard. Why should they be allowed to? Why is it the fielding teams job to warn a batsman that he's breaking the rules? Do non-strikers give bowlers a warning that they're over-stepping? Why should this one rule not be applied as stringently as every other?

  • John on February 4, 2016, 23:22 GMT

    Many people have an issue with this because they fell that the batsman wasn't trying to steal extra ground. That suggests that the batsman was just being lazy because he had an expectation that he would not be dismissed. Why should he have that expectation in the first place? Let's say that he wasn't trying to steal ground but he left his crease by a few centimetres before the ball was bowled. Let's say that the batsman take a quick single and the stumps at the striker's end are broken with the batsman home by just millimetres. He would then be not out as a result of his having stolen ground, unintentionally or not, before the ball was bowled. This current situation should be a non-issue because everyone should get it out of their heads that there's a particular rule that batsmen should be allowed to break with impunity. So many other things in cricket come down to millimetres so why should batsman be allowed to either cheat or just be lazy on this count?

  • Stephen on February 4, 2016, 22:45 GMT

    What's all the fuss about, the batsman in a very close game was trying to steal a run by moving several feet from his crease. Well done bowler. The Umpire warns bowlers for running onto the wicket, but never say any thing to the backing up batsman when he moves outside his crease when the bowler is running in to bowl.

  • Alex on February 4, 2016, 20:18 GMT

    It's a law, and breaking it gives a runner an unfair advantage. Why would this possibly be ok, let alone worthy of vociferous defense?

  • ian on February 4, 2016, 16:11 GMT

    The obvious question is whether the batsman had been previously warned. He he hadn't then yes it was poor sportsmanship. I doubt whether he had been warned as his bat was right on the line so he was scarcely trying to pinch a run - he probably didn't even know exactly where his bat was in relation to the line.

  • Jon on February 4, 2016, 10:57 GMT

    WI U19 win with a mankad and its disgraceful. England win with a spectacular catch over an extended boundary and its brilliant.

  • Arshad on February 4, 2016, 10:16 GMT

    This should not be condemned. Mankadading is an extremely smart move in times of pressure and to help your side win a match by two runs is commendable. This should be treated as and be part of every team's strategy in times of pressure.

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