Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has grabbed the headlines for his remarks which insisted that he will speak to India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and not allow his to dismiss a batsman off mankading as it is not in the spirit of the game. The comments from Ponting did quite a bit of rounds on social media with fans having mixed reactions about it.
His former teammate Brad Hogg has also reacted to the comment and asked, whether the batsman leaving the crease before the ball is delivered within fairplay. “Batsman leaving the crease before the ball is delivered, when they know they’re getting an advantage, is that in the spirit of the game!,” he tweeted.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) August 20, 2020
While playing for KXIP, Ashwin found himself in the thick of the things after ‘mankading’ Jos Buttler during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the last edition.
However, Ponting will disallow Ashwin to do the same in the upcoming season of IPL 2020, slated to take place in UAE. In a podcast, the 2003 World Cup winning captain, said that he will have a chat with Ashwin ahead of the season. He also added that Ashwin is a terrific bowler and has contributed highly for the side but should refrain from doing such act.
According to the rules mankading is well within the limits. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) rule book, the 41.16 Law says: Non-striker leaving his/her ground early states, “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one in the over.
“If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.”
IPL 2020 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed after the global governing council postponed the 2020 T20 World Cup to next year. IPL 2020 is likely to get underway in September 19 and will run till November 10. However, the fixtures are still to be confirmed.