MCC: Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ of Buttler within Laws of Cricket

"With batsmen now being deemed in or out by millimetres by TV replays on quick singles, it is right that they should remain in their ground at the non-striker’s end until it is fair for them to leave," the MCC said in a statement.

Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin during the ‘Mankading’ incident against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Monday.   -  AFP

The Marylebone Cricket Club, the custodian of the Laws of Cricket, on Tuesday said Kings XI Punjab captain R. Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ run-out of Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler in its Indian Premier League match on Monday was within the rules of the game.

In a statement issued on its website, the MCC said, “In relation to the incident, the wording of the Law needs to be examined to understand it further. This Law is essential. Without it, non-strikers could back up at liberty, several yards down the pitch and a Law is needed to prevent such action.”

“To clarify, it has never been in the Laws that a warning should be given to the non-striker and nor is it against the Spirit of Cricket to run out a non-striker who is seeking to gain an advantage by leaving his/her ground early,” it said in the statement.

It added: “...with batsmen now being deemed in or out by millimetres by TV replays on quick singles, it is right that they should remain in their ground at the non-striker’s end until it is fair for them to leave.”

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Ashwin has no regrets in ‘mankading’ Buttler, saying these sort of moments are game-changers and a batsman “need to be wary of it” before leaving the crease early.

Ashwin ran Buttler out in the 13th over with the batsman going strong at 69 off 43 balls, the first such dismissal in the IPL. The KXIP captain has been censured by cricketers including Australians Shane Warne, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins and Englishmen Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen.

Others such as former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait as well as former India captain Kapil Dev have defended the run-out.

Ashwin said he was completely within his rights to execute such a dismissal, which turned the match in KXIP’s favour.

‘Mankading’ is a run-out where the bowler dismisses the non-striker by hitting the bails before bowling when the latter is outside the crease. Though this is a legally permissible dismissal, it is considered against the spirit of the game.

The Law

Law 41.16 Non-striker leaving his/her ground early

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.