Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 2, 2016

'The batsman should not be leaving the crease'


West Indies Under-19 prevailed against Zimbabwe Under-19 in controversial circumstances © International Cricket Council

Sanjay Manjrekar, one of the commentators at the World Cup, did not fully sympathise with Zimbabwe: "I didn't watch the game. But I think Mankading should be looked at like any other dismissal. The batsman should not be leaving the crease before the ball is released. Simple. If he does he pays the price for it. Not the bowler's fault."

New Zealand coach Bob Carter did not hold back in his criticism of West Indies: "Was the bowler actually in his delivery stride in the first place? He just ran through and knocked the stumps over, I don't think he was ever going to bowl the ball. I was surprised that the umpires called for it to be reviewed. I thought they may choose to say, 'No, the ball has to be bowled and it's not out.' And the final thing was I thought it was too tight to call. I think the batsman should have got the benefit of the doubt once it went to the third umpire. I wasn't convinced that it should have been actually given out.

"I don't think Mankading should be a part of the game at all. I think if you are in the spirit of the game then why would you end up like this? There was two runs to win, you are playing and Under-19 World Cup, games are being beamed all around the world and to see that type of thing happen was very unsportsmanlike.

"Anyway the Zimbabwe player wasn't looking like he was trying to get advantage. If he was out, he was only just out. And I think he may not have been out anyway. So it wasn't as if he was a metre down the pitch. It didn't look like he was trying to take advantage."

Pakistan's manager Zakir Khan: "The spirit of cricket says that you should give a warning to the batsman. But technically he is out if he left the crease. As a gentleman you should give a warning that's what the spirit of cricket teaches you.

"It happened once in the 1987 World Cup too between West Indies and Pakistan when Abdul Qadir won us the match. Courtney Walsh was bowling the last over and he chose to give a warning [to Saleem Jaffer]. Pakistan will always remember Walsh for that gesture and the gentleman's spirit he showed.

"For the Under-19 players this is the age and time to learn about the spirit of cricket. When it comes to the technical situation the batsman is out but the spirit of cricket teaches you to be fair and square."

Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, who was in the commentary box during the controversial finish: "It's not something I would have probably done but I think we have to leave all the emotion aside. Historically there's been a bad connotation to mankading. The law has been adjusted and it is in the law books and people talk about the spirit of the game.

"Is sledging part of spirit of the game? A batsman at the non-striker's end stealing a couple of yards - this didn't happen here, it was just an inch or two, if so much - a batsman backing up a couple of feet down the track off the last ball to win a game, let's say, in a World Cup, is that within the spirit of the game? So those are the questions we have to ask. If the law is there, that was within the law."

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   Mc Garret Magloire on February 5, 2016, 10:22 GMT

    so I'm guessing when a leg bye is awarded the players should not run an extra run because it's not in the spirit of the game. when an illegal catch is made and as a fielder you know u didn't make the catch I guess it's in the spirt of the game. to the guys out there saying that is unsportsmanlike, go cry elsewhere it's a law and as far as I'm concerned the bowler need not warn any batsman because the batsman isn't warning him that he is going to gain and few centimeters yards feet whatever it is he gives no warning all cricketers know that the law is there and they take the risk being out..

  • Riad on February 5, 2016, 1:54 GMT

    What spirit you talking about its in the rules. So its a NON ISSUE. If you dont like it change the law.

  • Android on February 4, 2016, 13:06 GMT

    Just want to make sure our guys are, in no way, discouraged over some of the comments that have been made. just know that the people who matter to you most are proud of you. You represent us.

  • Six on February 4, 2016, 1:36 GMT

    We need to bear in mind that it went to the 3rd umpire and I think it's strong arguable he's in the crease still and should have got the benefit of the doubt. I also say the bowler never intended to deliver the ball. That's two reasons already for him to be not out. The other reason(s) is the spirit of the game and sportsmanship.

  • Paul on February 3, 2016, 18:41 GMT

    The veterans and experts crying foul should change the rules of the game then. Stop talking about the so-called spirit of the game. This argument doesn't hold up even to minute scrutiny without the hypocrisy of it becoming blindingly obvious.

    Congratulations to the bowler and the West Indies for a smart win.

    Perhaps the batsman could try to get away with it with a lesser opponent.

  • bill on February 3, 2016, 16:36 GMT

    In baseball "stealing a base" is part of the game - the pitcher keeps his eye on the base runner. A warning should be given in cricket -then a bowler can do run out the batter if he is stealing ground, Can we change the emotive name from "Mankadding" to something like "rubbed out " -rub meaning "run out - bowler"!?

  • NAYAM on February 3, 2016, 10:49 GMT

    With Eoin Morgan and Jos Butler slamming this incident as embarrassing then where was their embarrassment when Broad didn't walk even after nicking one which the whole world heard except the umpire during the 2013 ashes?

  • Justin on February 3, 2016, 9:54 GMT

    To those that say this is NOT Sporting or against the spirit - can you define what you mean by sporting/spirit. The batsman is aware they need to be behind the line or can be run out (law provides no disadvantage to the batsman). The batsman has control in deciding if they cross the line (again no disadvantage to the batsman). Batsman often look to take a head start on the run often allowing them to complete a quick single or second/third run (disadvantage to the bowling side) - let the batsman take risk by leaving the crease early - give them a fair choice with known consequences. Bottom line is that this is sporting/within spirit with both the batting and fielding side being in control of their respective actions. Unsporting would be quicks bowling 90mph bouncers at tail enders who do not have the skills to play such deliveries - should this be a no ball/dead ball - it stands a better case and people can get hurt? I dont agree that it should but its a question of sporting/spirit.

  • Sarfin on February 3, 2016, 9:45 GMT

    I feel angry to see that senior cricketers are vilifying a youngster for acting within the law and winning the game for his team. Where is your spirit? Next time walk as soon as you nick the ball and don't wait for umpire's decision. Next time don't leave the crease before the ball being bowled. Do the right thing first. Then teach it to the kid. Gentleman!

  • Stuart on February 3, 2016, 8:36 GMT

    If the bowler knocks off the bails in his bowling stride(ala Steve Finn) that delivery is now called a no-ball. So should this not have been run out off a no-ball? Zim would still have lost by 1 but it was terrible sportsmanship...

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