Rahul Mankad, son of former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, has written an e-mail to the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, asking the board to stop using the term ‘Mankading’ for run-outs affected by bowlers when the non-striker backs up too far.
Vinoo Mankad has been associated with this form of dismissal since he ran out Bill Brown for backing up too far during India’s tour to Australia in 1948.
In a recent Twitter post, the BCCI referred to a run-out as ‘Mankading’ during a women’s domestic game.
Unhappy with this, Rahul, 66, took this issue upto the BCCI, pointing out that now even the ICC uses the term ‘run-out for such dismissals, and wrote an e-mail to Ganguly as Secretary Jay Shah and chief executive officer Hemang Amin.
“I am writing this email with a request to please resolve the unwarranted and disrespectful situation that has appeared in a post on the BCCI website,” he wrote in an email on October 18 as per Sportstar.
ICC has dropped the unfortunate term referring to my father and have started calling it a Run Out: Rahul Mankad
Rahul Mankad also confirmed to Sportstar that he hasn’t received any response from the board. Also, that post hasn’t been deleted yet.
“It is an overenthusiastic and ill-informed post and perhaps a misplaced attempt at humour, but the fact that it has not been taken off is a cause for concern, in my view. I urge you to take immediate action and remove the offensive post forthwith,” he had written further.
He further pointed out the fact has ICC has stopped using the ‘unfortunate’ term that puts a stain on his father’s great legacy.
“Vinoo Mankad was a great Indian cricketer, and his stature as a player and person is unquestionable, you will agree. I strongly believe that BCCI needs to come out and endorse the wrong associated with the eponymous dismissal and term it as it is rightly and under the Laws of Cricket labelled as “RUN OUT.
“As you are aware, the ICC has dropped the unfortunate term referring to my father and have started calling it a Run Out. It is only right that BCCI of all the peak bodies ought to take lead and put this issue to bed, once and for all,” he added.
Vinoo Mankad scored 2109 Test runs with an average of 31.47 in 44 Tests and took 162 wickets at 32. He was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame earlier this year.