Stats: List of cricketers who declared out for obstructing the field 

Ben Stokes’ dismissal for obstructing the field, which itself a controversial rule, during  the second ODI between England and Australia generated huge controversy. While England is complaining it is not out, Australia, who are just one match away from the ODI series win after a 3-2 Ashes loss, is saying they followed the rule.

But, Australia’s second match win is not well appreciated as  controversial wicket has replaced that. Stokes joined an unwanted list of six batsmen who were declared out for obstructing the field in ODI cricket. On the overall, in the history of international cricket, Stokes is the seventh person being dismissed for obstructing the field.

In 138 year history of international cricket in England obstructing the field incident happened twice. Len Hutton was the first English cricketer, who was a victim of this rule in 1951.

It is in ODI cricket, in which this unusual dismissal happened for the sixth time before the Ben Stokes incident. In the last 28 years, One Day International cricket has seen seven obstructing the field dismissal.

Asian cricketer’s are the unluckiest as this list comprised of four Pakistani and one Indian cricketer.  

The first batsman to get out for obstructing the field was Rameez Raja of Pakistan on November 20, 1987. Rameez needed just one run to complete his century against England in Karachi but  was given unusual out for the third time against England. Rameez was looking for a second run off the final delivery to reach his hundred, on the way to the striker’s end, but he was adjudged obstructing the England fielder.   

In this list there is one great batsman, without him any list of unusual dismissal will not be complete. The batsman is Inzamam-ul-Haq. The stout cricketer had got out of being involved in many a funny incidents. He was once given out for obstructing the field against arch-rival India. India was touring  Pakistan in 2006. It was the first ODI of the tour. The match was played at Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. India batting first scored 328 runs. Pakistan lost the match by 7 runs. But, it was Inzamam’s dismissal that created controversy. He blocked a throw from Raina with his bat while standing a couple of yards out of his crease. After the match in column for newspaper he wrote: “Such not very common laws need to be explained properly and in detail,” but after more than 100 Tests and 350 one-day internationals, he might have known about this one.

The only Indian batsman, who got out for obstructing the field  is Mohinder Amarnath. India were playing against the new sensation of world cricket Sri Lankan in Ahmedabad, in 1989. India won the match by only 6 runs. Sidhu and Amarnath had 61 runs partnership before Amarnath  was adjudged by umpire Khizar Hayat to have obstructed the field. Amarnath had kicked away the ball as Ratnayeke, the bowler, and Ranatunga were converging on it. This was the second such dismissal in a one-day international after Ramiz Raja.

Here is the full list of obstructing the field dismissal:

Player

Runs

Team

Opposition

Ground

Date

Rameez Raja

99

Pakistan

England

Karachi

Nov 20, 1987

Mohinder Amarnath

28

India

Sri Lankan

Ahmedabad

Oct 22,1089

Daryll Cullinan

46

South Africa

West Indies

Durban

Jan 27, 1999

Inzamam –ul-Haq

16

Pakistan

India

Peshwar

Feb 6, 2006

Mohammed Hafeez

0

Pakistan

South Africa

Durban

Mar 21, 2013

Anwar Ali

7

Pakistan

South Africa

Port Elizabeth

Nov 27, 2013

Ben Stokes

10

England

Australia

The Lord’s

Sept 5, 20