Sanjay Manjrekar Urges ICC to Reconsider Fake Fielding Law

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Sanjay Manjrekar Urges ICC to Reconsider Fake Fielding Law 

Sanjay Manjrekar Urges ICC to Reconsider Fake Fielding Law
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Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has come hard against the world cricket body International Cricket Council (ICC) which has come up with a law regarding ‘fake fielding’ for which an opponent would be awarded five runs if the fielder would try to mock a throw.

In his series of tweets, Manjrekar has ridiculed the ICC by saying the ICC must reconsider the law which according to him is harsh for the fielding side.

The cricket-turned-commentator Manjrekar took to his official Twitter handle while discussing the ‘fake fielding’ to its length and breadth.

Moreover, the 52-year-old Mysore-born Manjrekar believes the batting team must be penalized in the same manner, if the batsman would mock the bowler while stepping out to deceive the bowler without doing anything.

The debate took an interesting turn when former ICC Head of Media and Communications Brian Murgatroyd responded to Manjrekar’s tweet by stating the players are trying to cheat and the law must stay in playing conditions.

However, Manjrekar came up with gloveman Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s example by saying he is tricking the batsmen while releasing the ball soon after collecting into his gloves.

“Cheating??? No it’s called tricking. Like Dhoni pretending to collect a throw & lets it go to hit the stumps. Applaud it, not penalise,” Manjrekar tweeted in response to Murgatroyd.

The former wicket-keeper batsman Manjrekar has also requested the body to applaud such ‘tricking’ as he has clearly shown the dislike for the law which has been enforced into the playing conditions since past two weeks now.

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Manjrekar also revealed that he has dispatched a letter to the ICC for reconsideration of the ‘fake fielding’ rule. Photo Credit: ICC.

(Read Also: Queensland Cricketer Marnus Labuschagne Becomes The First Player To Be Called For Fake Fielding)

Interestingly, the move from ICC has hailed by the veterans of the game, as the new law could further create a problem for Dhoni, who has tricked his opponent while mocking the releasing of the ball onto the stumps.

“It is unfair for any fielder willfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball,” Law 41.5 stated.

Moreover, it’s pertinent to mention Dhoni has often collected the ball and further let it go – to dislodge the bails whether it would get penalized is still a debate to make most out of it. The general feeling is he won’t while relying on tricking of the batsman not deceiving, as the umpires would also play a significant role before awarding penalty runs.

“If the umpires on the field determine that such deception is deliberate, they can award five penalty runs to the batting team,” the Law 41.5 added.

Before being incorporated by the ICC, the law was proposed by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which is a custodian of the laws in the gentleman’s game.

Pertinently, the new change in the set of rules came into effect on September 28 (Thursday).

Interestingly, the first victim became Queensland fielder Marnus Labuschagne, who attempted a fake throw while diving full to his right at cover region with ball clearly went past to him when Cricket Australia XI were batting.

Interestingly, the incident took place within a day during the ongoing JLT One-day Cup in Australia on September 29 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Concluding, the law would further test the patience of fielding team – to avoid the deception which has further become somewhat a norm to keep the batting side guessing, as on-fielding umpires job have had further become difficult in a way of making a right statement.

Here’re the series of Tweets from Sanjay Manjrekar in which he has criticized ICC for the nature of fresh law:


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