Once again the controversial ‘Mankaded’ dismissal comes into the limelight and this time, it happened in 2016 Asia Cup Qualifying round.
It was the 2nd Qualifying match between Oman and Hong Kong on 19th February 2015. It was 2nd innings of the match. Hong Kong were chasing an 181 runs target. It was the 9th over of Hong Kong’s innings when Oman left-arm orthodox spinner Aamir Kaleem made ‘mankaded’ to the Hong Kong non-striker end batsman Mark Chapman. Kaleem started to bowl but later noticed that Chapman was standing outside the crease and immediately hit the stumps. Before that, Chapman had not been warned about that.
Finally, Hong Kong suffered a defeat for just 5 runs.
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Hong Kong coach Simon Cook felt very angry on this dismissal. He said, “Ultimately I think it’s a cowardly way out really. If you’re battling man against a man out in the middle and you choose to go down that route to get a wicket and win the game, it’s not in the spirit of cricket and a pretty cowardly option.”
Cook added, “It’s disappointing for the game. For me, yes it’s in the laws, you can do it legally but I think it goes against the spirit of the game when you’re not, at least, warning someone.”
Cook said about the MCC laws for ‘mankaded’, “I can see exactly why the MCC brought the laws in but I think within the spirit of the game you should, at least, give the batsman a fair warning you might do that.”
According to the MCC’s law 42.15, “The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of 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.” However, there is nothing spoken about the warning to the batsman in that law.
In the earlier days, the cricket world saw a similar kind of dismissal in the recently concluded U19 WC where the West Indies U-19 side made ‘mankaded’ dismissal against Zimbabwe.