Ashwin’s ‘Mankad’ on Buttler not in spirit of game, says MCC

Ravichandran Ashwin’s recent ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Jos Buttler in the Indian Premier League was not «within the spirit of the game», the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has said after reviewing footage of the incident.

The MCC, custodian of cricket’s laws, had earlier said the decision could have gone either way depending on how ‘the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball’ is interpreted.

Ravi Ashwin.

Ravi Ashwin.Credit:AP

«Having extensively reviewed the incident again and after further reflection we don’t think it was within the spirit of the game,» Fraser Stewart, the MCC’s manager of the laws of cricket, told London’s Telegraph.

Kings XI Punjab captain Ashwin sparked a chorus of disapproval from fellow players and pundits after running out Buttler when the Rajasthan Royals batsman was backing up at the non-striker’s end instead of completing his delivery.




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