Even though the MCC, custodian of cricket laws, has legitimised the ‘Mankading’ mode of dismissal by moving it from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Run out), it still remains a spirit of cricket issue for a lot of people in the cricket fraternity.
The controversial dismissal once again sparked a debate on Monday (April 25) after a similar incident during the Senior Women’s T20 League match played between Maharashtra and Rajasthan at the Siechem Stadium in Puducherry.
Maharashtra batter Smriti Mandhana was at the receiving end of the dismissal this time around. In the 9th over of Maharashtra’s innings, Rajasthan bowler KP Choudhary ran Mandhana out at the non-striker’s end.
Following the controversial dismissal, Mandhana got engaged in a heated argument with the Rajasthan cricketers.
Run-outs at the non-striker’s end have sparked controversies in the last few years and several players like India’s ace spinner R Ashwin has endorsed it as a fair mode of dismissal.
While announcing new amendments to its 2022 law code, MCC last month said: “Law 41.16-running out the non-striker- has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Run out). The wording of the Law remains the same.”
Besides, the Marylebone Cricket Club had brought as many as eight other changes to the rules of the game. The cricket laws will be effective from 1st October 2022.