‘Mankad’ ban discussed at local level in England to eliminate confrontations on field

Discussions are reportedly underway to ban the controversial Mankad dismissal in English club cricketto prevent on-field confrontations.

Running out the non-striker during a bowler’s delivery has become an accepted practice among professional teams since the Marylebone Cricket Club changed the Laws of the game last year.

The practice has become more mainstream with professional teams starting to use it as a legitimate tactic to dismiss batsmen. Australian Test captain Pat Cummins reportedly allows his teammates to use the ploy only if they warn the batter at the non-strikers end beforehand.

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Officials in England have expressed concern that the tactical may exacerbate issues at the local level where on-field discipline has been an issue.

“What is not being talked about is the effect that this is likely to have on village greens on Sunday afternoons up and down the country if this starts to become the norm,” former England batter Mark Butcher told the Wisden Cricket Weekly last week podcasts.

“And you can argue until you’re blue in the face that it’s in the Laws and you’re within your rights to do so … but it’s the idea that you’re absolutely within your rights to sleep with your best mate’s ex-wife minutes after they’ve split up, but don’t complain if you get punched in the face for it.

“I can just see absolute carnage happening up and down this land and many others if people start doing it as a matter of course in club games.

“Because there’s very little regulation in terms of people’s behavior there and the game as it is played and has been played for years and years with guys umpiring their own players and that type of thing.

“The game has always been played on the basis that there will be a bit of good sportsmanship. Otherwise, we will not be sharing jugs in the bar, type thing. And if this starts happening up and down the land there will be blood – I’m telling you that now.”

The Telegraph reports some leagues are discussing whether to ban the dismissal altogether, which would subsequently enable batters to move forward without the fear of being dismissed.

“I’m not really sure how we expect umpires to be able to monitor if the bowler has gone past a release point. The further down the structure we go, the more wild west it becomes and the concern is that something like a Mankad can split opinion,” Simon Prodger, managing director of the National Cricket Conference said.

“Umpires might wish to interpret things according to the spirit of the game but feel pressurized into making a decision that might cause aggravation because laws say Mankad is a legal form of dismissal.”

The ‘Mankad’, named after Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad, has come into play more in professional cricket with Deepti Sharma running out England’s Charlie Dean at the non-striker’s end during the third ODI at Lord’s last year.

Melbourne Stars captain Adam Zampa attempted the dismissal during a Big Bash League match against cross-town rivals the Melbourne Renegades earlier this month.

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