Mankad Moved From ‘Unfair Play’ To ‘Run-out’ As MCC Announces Huge Changes In Laws of Cricket

Updated - 09 Mar 2022, 12:40 PM

Ravichandran Ashwin mankading Jos Buttler. Photo- IPL
Ravichandran Ashwin mankading Jos Buttler. Photo- IPL

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has made huge changes to the laws of cricket and now Mankading, which relates to running out the non-striker while on a delivery stride, has been moved from ‘Unfair Play’ to ‘Run-out’.

In a meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Laws sub-committee that had taken place last week, the approval was given to make several changes to the 2022 code of laws and the changes were announced by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Wednesday.

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R Ashwin mankads Jos Butter
R Ashwin mankads Jos Butter (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 2017 code of law, where massive changes were made, played a huge role in shaping cricket and the new rules are also expected to play a significant role in the growth of cricket. Notably, the new rules will come into force from October 1.

Here’s The List of Changes Made By The MCC In The Laws of Cricket:

Law 1 – Replacement players

According to new Law 1.3, which is regarding the replacement players. The replacements are now be treated as if they were the player they replaced on the field. They will receive the sanctions or dismissals that the player has done in that match.

Law 18 – Batters returning when Caught

According to Law 18.11, when a batter gets caught, the player who comes to bat will start at the striker’s end (unless it is the end of an over).

Michael Gough. Photo- ICC
Michael Gough. Photo- ICC

Law – Dead ball

The new edition sees several changes to the Dead ball Law, the most crucial of which is the calling of the Dead ball if either side is disadvantaged by a person, animal or another object within the field of play. From a pitch invader to a dog running onto the field, sometimes there is outside interference – if this is the case, and it has a material impact on the game, the umpires will call and signal Dead ball.

Law 21.4 – Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery

If a bowler throws the ball in an attempt to run out the striker before entering their delivery stride, it will now be the Dead ball. This is an extremely rare scenario, which has until now been called a No ball.

Law 22.1 – Judging a Wide

Law 22.1 has been amended to take away the unfair advantage from the batters. The new law suggests that a ‘Wide’ will apply to where the batter is standing, where the striker has stood at any point since the bowler began their run-up, and which would also have passed wide of the striker in a normal batting position.

Law 25.8 – Striker’s right to play the ball

The new Law 25.8 will allow the batter to hit the ball if it lands away from the pitch. The batter has to keep in mind that some part of their bat or person remains within the pitch. Should they venture beyond that, the umpire will call and signal Dead ball. As a reward to the batter, any ball which would force them to leave the pitch will also be called No ball.

Laws 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair movement by the fielding side

The MCC made another important change in the laws. If there is any unfair movement by the fielding side while the ball is bowled, the batting side will be awarded the 5 penalty runs. Earlier, it was referred to as the dead-ball and which turned into a disadvantageous for the batting side as the good shot or boundary got cancelled with that dead ball.

R Ashwin Mankads Jos Buttler
R Ashwin Mankads Jos Buttler (Image Credit: Twitter)

Law 38.3 – moving the running out of the non-striker 

Law 41.16 – running out the non-striker – has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair Play) to Law 38 (Runout). The wording of the Law remains the same.

Law 41.3 – No saliva

The pandemic forced the MCC to ban saliva on the ball which help the bowlers to get swing, especially in Test cricket. The MCC asserts that the banning of saliva had had little or no impact on the amount of swing the bowlers were getting. Players were using sweat to polish the ball, and this was equally effective. The new Laws will not permit the use of saliva on the ball, which also removes any grey areas of fielders eating sugary sweets to alter their saliva to apply to the ball. Using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair method of changing the condition of the ball.

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