Sportsmanship: Kieron Pollard Avoids Mankading in CPL for Barbados Tridents
In the ongoing sixth edition of Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Twenty20 franchise Barbados Tridents skipper Kieron Pollard, owing to the spirit of the game, has declined to run out non-striker Assad Fudadin, who was well short of his crease, before the bowler was yet to release the ball on his mark.
The 30-year-old Trinidad-born all-rounder Pollard, who is known for his brilliance in the field, has further warned the batsman Fudadin while indicating he could have had easily whipped off the zing bails only to see Fadudin walking back to the pavilion.
The incident took place in the 19th over when Guyana Amazon Warriors required another eight runs to win off 10 deliveries after scoring 152 for five, in 18.2 overs.
Interestingly, at the striker’s end was fast bowler Keeemo Paul, who has had received a huge criticism while running out Zimbabwean last man Richard Ngarava, in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup owing to the mankad.
However, on the very next ball, Paul was caught at the long-on region by Kane Williamson, on the bowling of Pollard as Fudadin remained unbeaten on seven off five deliveries which further saw Rayad Emrit scoring run-a-ball single to take side home.
In 2016, the highly-debatable Mankading further helped the Shimron Hetmyer-led side to qualify for the quarter-final when Windies required three runs in the last over.
However, the cricketing laws suggest it is purely mentioned in the book, as Pollard deliberately skipped the run-out chance to avoid the repeating of Mankading which took place in Bangladesh.
The Martin Guptill-led Warriors chased down the target in 19.1 overs, as they won the game by four wickets with five balls to spare.
In 2016, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) came hard at the batsman, in order to remain inside the crease at the non-striker’s end, as the fresh laws will solely come to effect in September including the Law 41.16 which is related to Mankading further renamed as ‘Non-Striker leaving his/her ground’.
“It is often the bowler who is criticised for attempting such a run out but it is the batsman who is attempting to gain an advantage,” the MCC stated earlier in its statement.
Earlier in April, the former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has also voiced his opinion while stating it’s the batter that should be responsible for leaving the crease.
It’s pertinent to mention the Mankading term came into existence in 1947 when the then bowling all-rounder for India Vinoo Mankad in a similar fashion found Australia’s opening batsman Bill Brown short of his crease at the bowling end.
“For the life of me, I can’t understand why (the press) questioned his sportsmanship,” Don Bradman revealed in his autobiography ‘Farewell to Cricket’.
In the addition, the Queensland-born Brown was participating in the Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), as he died at the age of 95 on March 16 in 2008.
In the contemporary cricket, the act is still considered against the sportsmanship, as the Mankading topic has already been pulled to pieces despite being mentioned in the rulebook of the world cricket governing body ICC.
Recently, in one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches of tenth edition, Pollard caused a stir when he deliberately took a first-run short, in a bid to keep the strike against Kings XI Punjab on the bowling of Mohit Sharma.
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