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Jason Gillespie, former Australia fast bowler has hit back at compatriot Shane Warne over the dispute between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan in IPL 2021. (Source- Twitter)
Jason Gillespie, former Australia fast bowler has hit back at compatriot Shane Warne over the dispute between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan in IPL 2021. (Source- Twitter)

Jason Gillespie Reacts To Shane Warne’s Comments On Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan Spat In IPL 2021

Jason Gillespie, the former Australian pacer, has hit back at his former teammate Shane Warne for the latter’s comment on the Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan saga.

Ravichandran Ashwin, playing for Delhi Capitals, was involved in an ugly altercation with Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan during a recent game after the former claimed a single after the ball had ricocheted off non -striker skipper Rishabh Pant.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL
Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL

Jason Gillespie Not In Favour Of Blaming Cricketer Playing Within The Cricket Laws

Shane Warne took to Twitter after the incident, offering full support to KKR skipper Eoin Morgan for ‘nailing’ Ravichandran Ashwin, terming the off-spinner’s act ‘disgraceful’.

Shane Warne wrote: “The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple – it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why does Ashwin have to be that guy again, I think @Eoin16 had every right to nail him !!!!”

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Shane Warne – Getty Images

Replying to Shane Warne’s comment, his former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie proceeded to copy the first few lines of the leg-spinner’s tweet before adding a line of his own. The former Australian player asserted that players have every right to choose how they wish to play as long as they don’t contradict any prescribed rules.

Jason Gillespie wrote: “The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple- it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why do we blame the player that plays within the laws of the game? I believe players have every right to play within the laws of the game as set out by the MCC.”

Following the incident, Ravichandran Ashwin wrote a detailed thread on Twitter. There he clarified that he didn’t know that the ball had ricocheted off Rishabh Pant’s arm. He also asserted that he would have still gone for the run had he known it (ricocheting off Rishabh Pant’s arm). That’s because it’s not illegal as per the laws of the game.

Jason Gillespie: Everyone Should Focus On The MCC Prescribed Laws

Ravichandran Ashwin also called out his critics for seeking a moral high ground. He asserted that every player has the right to decide how they want to go about their business. Meanwhile, this is not the first time Jason Gillespie has spoken about the saga and the debate around the illusionary ‘spirit of cricket’.

Jason Gillespie on Friday wrote on Twitter that the definition of “spirit of cricket” differs from country to country or even state to state. He also said that it’s better for players and everyone associated with the game to focus on the MCC’s prescribed laws.

Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram.
Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram. (File Photo | AFP).

Jason Gillespie wrote: ”The ‘spirit of cricket’, and what constitutes this, differs from country to country, and in some cases, between states/counties/provinces/islands. The laws of the game are in place. Stick to them, and the grey areas within our game are removed.”

Ravichandran Ashwin had the last laugh in his battle against Eoin Morgan, dismissing the left-hander for a second-ball duck. KKR, though, ended up winning the game by three wickets on the night. Ravichandran Ashwin called his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for an extra run after a throw ricocheted, having hit the latter during an IPL 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

After Ravichandran Ashwin’s dismissal, KKR bowler Tim Southee and skipper Eoin Morgan got involved in a heated argument with the Indian spinner over the extra run taken. While Ravichandran Ashwin ended up with the last laugh by scalping Eoin Morgan for a duck, KKR won the contest by three wickets with ten balls to spare and delayed DC’s qualification for the playoffs.

In the 19th over of the Delhi Capitals innings, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant ran an overthrow after Rahul Tripathi’s shy from point had taken a ricochet off Rishabh Pant at the non-striker’s end. However, an argument broke out in the next over once Tim Southee had dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin. Eoin Morgan quickly joined in, giving a mouthful to the spinner while Dinesh Karthik rushed in to play peacemaker.

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MCC Cricket Committee

MCC World Cricket Committee Met Virtually To Discuss Laws Criticised

MCC World Cricket Committee, which includes the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne, and Kumar Sangakkara and headed by Mike Gatting, met virtually on Monday to discuss key aspects of the game, including laws that have attracted widespread criticism in the recent past.

The Marylebone Cricket Club, who is the custodian of laws of the game, said that the MCC Cricket Committee met virtually to discuss and review a few laws of the sport, including short-pitched bowling, Decision Review System, saliva ban apart from the future of World Test Championship.

Tim May, Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan (standing), Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara (sitting) at the MCC World Committee meeting MCC
Tim May, Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan (standing), Shane Warne, Mike Gatting, and Kumar Sangakkara (sitting) at the MCC World Committee meeting in March 2019 MCC

MCC Cricket Committee Will Take Views From Across The Globe Regarding Law-Related To Short Pitch Bowling

The MCC Cricket Committee will embark on a global consultation drive and finalize whether the laws already in place need wholesome changes for cricket’s cause. The MCC Cricket Committee will take views from groups throughout the world on whether the Law relating to short-pitched deliveries is fit for the modern game.

There are important aspects to consider, namely the balance between bat and ball; whether or not concussion should be recognized as a different injury to any other sustained and changes which are specific to particular sectors of the game besides whether or not lower-order batsmen should be given further protection than the Laws currently allow.

Phillip Hughes falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Phillip Hughes falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Mark Metcalfe

MCC Cricket Committee also said that the members unanimously agreed that short-pitched bowling is an integral part of the game at the elite level. Surveys will be distributed in March 2021 onwards to “specific groups” who will be identified and their feedback will hence be taken into account before finalizing whether or not to change laws around short-pitched bowling. The decision will be made public by early 2022.

On November 27, 2014, emerging Australian batsman Phillip Hughes passed away aged only 25. He was felled by a bouncer during an Australian domestic game two days earlier.

He lost consciousness immediately and was placed in an induced coma despite wearing a helmet as the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear. In July 2019, ICC agreed to allow the use of concussion replacements in all international cricket matches from 1 August 2019, with the substitute having to be a “like-for-like replacement” and approved by the Match Referee

MCC Cricket Committee Proposed Extension On Saliva Ban And Discussed Decision Review System And World Test Championship

The MCC Cricket Committee also proposed the extension on the ban on using saliva to shine the cricket ball as it said the ICC Cricket Committee recommendation will be in place in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Since the regulations were introduced, the committee has been closely monitoring the application of only sweat on the ball in relation to the balance of the game. There were some fears raised initially that prohibiting the use of saliva may make conditions too friendly to batsmen,” the statement read.

MCC Cricket committee debated prohibiting the use of saliva on the ball on a permanent basis and some members felt that eliminating the use of saliva on a permanent basis is premature and that it may be possible to allow its use once again in a post-Covid world.

Umpire’s call in the Decision Review System has been a hot topic of debate in the recent past with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar raising concerns about the efficiency of the system used.

The committee debated the use of ‘Umpire’s Call’ for LBW decisions made through the Decision Review System, which some members felt was confusing to the persons watching TV, particularly when the batsman involved could either be Out or Not out depending on the on-field umpire’s original decision. They felt it would be simpler if the original decision was disregarded on review.

Sachin Tendulkar on DRS (Image Source: Twitter)
Sachin Tendulkar on DRS (Image Source: Twitter)

According to the ICC rules, the on-field decision stays after DRS review if there is no conclusive evidence to overturn it. In the case of LBW appeals, the on-field decision by the umpire stays if more than half of the ball misses the stumps even after clipping the stumps.

The ‘hitting zone’ of the stumps would still be retained, which had to be hit by at least 50% of the ball for the umpire to give Out as the decision. Other members were satisfied with the current system, feeling that it was important to retain the human element of the on-field umpire’s decision, which takes into account the benefit of the doubt.

The inaugural cycle of the World Test Championship (2019 to 2021) is in its final stages and one head towards the next cycle which will be played from 2021 to 2023, as the MCC committee discussed the changes needed to enhance the status of the WTC.

Some of the other suggestions discussed by the MCC Cricket Committee include a more simplified points system, a clear window in the Future Tours Programme, and the marketing of the tournament to make it easier for supporters to understand besides inducting specialist TV umpires and the disproportionate amount of women’s cricket played in the aftermath of Covid-19 when compared to men’s cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara.

MCC President Kumar Sangakkara Wants Australia, England To Tour Pakistan

Test cricket has recently returned to Pakistan after a decade and nine months since the shocking Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus that claimed the lives of six policemen including eight civilians. Further, leaving the reserve umpire and seven Sri Lanka players wounded.

Pakistan celebrated the return of Test cricket on home soil since 2009 as they played two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in last December which was part of the ongoing World Test Championship, and Pakistan won the Test series by 1-0. In fact, Bangladesh also played a test match in Rawalpindi in February.

Kumar Sangakkara, MCC
Kumar Sangakkara. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Bangladesh Cricket Board split their tour into three even though the final leg was called off in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though cricket returned to Pakistan, hardly very few nations like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh toured the country, and other nations didn’t show interest to tour Pakistan due to security reasons.

England and Australia must tour Pakistan: Kumar Sangakkara

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) chief Kumar Sangakkara said that Australia and England must tour Pakistan to facilitate regular international cricket in the South Asian country.

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Kumar Sangakkara (Image Credit: Google)

“It doesn’t matter an Asian side going there or a secondary side in terms of world prominence when it comes to having security measures in place. I think it’s important that England or Australia, even South Africa, make up their minds to actually tour when security is assured and they have those discussions; the MCC tour will be a precursor to that,” Sangakkara told The Cricket Show on Sky Sports Cricket.

It is cognisance of the fact that the top teams have persistently ignored touring Pakistan since the 2009 terror attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore.

Kumar Sangakkara, MCC, Pakistan Tour
Kumar Sangakkara (Image Credit: Google)

Kumar Sangakkara Will Lead MCC Team for Pakistan Tour

On last Wednesday (29th January), the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has announced their squad for the upcoming 2020 Pakistan tour. Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman and current MCC President Kumar Sangakkara will lead the MCC side.

MCC will tour to Pakistan this February to play some cricket matches. This tour is the long-stated aim for the MCC World Cricket committee who wants to support Pakistan’s cricket that has been hugely affected for over a decade. As the ICC’s full members are still not interested in playing in Pakistan immediately, this MCC tour has the aim to decrease the fear about the security system in Pakistan.

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In the upcoming Pakistan tour, the MCC team will play around three T20 matches. Apart from playing against the two PSL teams, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, MCC will also face Northern – the latest champions of the National T20 Cup (Pakistan’s domestic T20 tournament).

Also, the MCC will reportedly play a One-off one-day match against Pakistan Shaheens during this impending tour. The London club will play these matches at Lahore between 13th and 19th February 2020, just ahead of the PSL 2020. Pakistan will also host the entire PSL 2020 that will run from 20th February to 22nd March 2020.

Ravi Bopara has been included in Kumar Sangakkara-led MCC team

While the club has announced the 12-member squad for this upcoming Pakistan tour, Sangakkara will lead this MCC side.

The present MCC President was a member of the Sri Lankan team who bears witness to the terrorist attack in Lahore in March 2009. Subsequently, that incident had hugely affected that country’s cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara, MCC
Kumar Sangakkara (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The 34-year-old English all-rounder Ravi Bopara will also fly to Pakistan with Sangakkara-led MCC team. Some other special names in this squad are Safyaan Sharif (Scotland), Michael Leask (Scotland), Fred Klaassen (Netherlands) and Roelof van der Merwe (former South Africa, present Netherlands).

Ravi Bopara batting in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Former English international cricketer Ajmal Shahzad will coach of MCC for Pakistan’s 2020 tour.

MCC: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Ravi Bopara, Michael Burgess, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Fred Klaassen, Michael Leask, Arron Lilley, Imran Qayyum, Will Rhodes, Safyaan Sharif, Roelof van der Merwe, Ross Whiteley.

Ajmal Shahzad (Coach).

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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Opposes Four-Day Test Proposal By ICC

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) joins the group of people who backs the traditional format of five-day Test cricket. Apart from MCC, the other elite cricketers such as Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli also stand in line to oppose the recent proposal made by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Recently, ICC has cooked up a precise version of the five-day Test cricket to a four-day Test match in future and use the extra time for the shorter form of the game. Two top Test teams South Africa and England have already conducted a four-day Test.

Nevertheless, MCC has made it clear about where they stand in the ongoing-debate of conducting a four-day Test in the future ICC World Test Championship starting from 2023.

“MCC has noted the recent discussion regarding the future of test cricket and the ICC’s desire to debate the introduction of four-day test cricket to replace the current five-day format in the World Test Championship from 2023,” the statement from the MCC read.

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“The MCC Cricket committee and MCC World Cricket committee have recently discussed the issue and although they can see some benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring, both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days,” it said.

Before MCC, Indian skipper Virat Kohli also stands against ICC’s proposal:

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In the meantime, the top-ranked Test batsman and Indian skipper Virat Kohli also stands against ICC’s plans for the four-day Test cricket. He firmly stated that the pink-ball game is all the fun and entertainment people will expect from the longer format. According to him, the day/night Test is all the commercialisation that Test cricket needs rather than shortening the number of days that would eventually be, then, erased at all.

“I don’t endorse that at all,” Kohli had said in Guwahati before India’s T20I series against Sri Lanka.

“D/N Test is the most that should be changed about Test cricket according to me. I am purely only talking about getting the numbers in and the entertainment. The intent otherwise won’t be right. Then you’ll speak of three-day Tests, where do you end? Then you will speak of Test cricket disappearing .. D/N Test is another step on commercializing Test cricket and creating excitement around it but it can’t be tinkered with too much.”

In the meanwhile, the proposal will be discussed in the upcoming ICC cricket committee meeting which most likely will go down with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as more and more elite teams come forth to state their voice against the four-day Test match plan.

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New Zealand. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

New Zealand Team Awarded With MCC’s Spirit Of Cricket Award For 2019

The New Zealand national cricket team has been awarded MCC’s Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award for 2019. The team is awarded for putting up an exceptional level of sportsmanship and selflessness in the final game of the prestigious world tournament – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The Kiwi players gained praise from all around the globe for their humility shown by the team after the defeat. New Zealand put up a good fight but eventually, England lifted their maiden trophy on the basis of the boundary count. In the epic finale of the World Cup 2019, the runs were tied in both the 50-over match and the Super Over.

Even the president of MCC, Kumar Sangakkara lauded the rich sportsmanship that the cricketers had put forth in that game. He denoted the team as the worthy winners of the Spirit of Cricket award.

Sangakkara said: “The New Zealand team are worthy winners of this award. In the heat of battle, they displayed a level of sportsmanship that was fitting for such a fantastic final, and indeed tournament.”

“It is a testament to their squad that even after a match that will live long in the memory for the cricket that was played, we are still talking about the spirit of cricket. Their actions deserve this recognition,” he concluded.

As quoted by the MCC President and the former skipper of Sri Lanka, the World Cup final is a game that will be etched in every cricketer and cricket lovers’ mind for long. Only a handful of times such a game is witnessed in the sports world.

New Zealand showed a marvellous level of humility and took head-on the defeat in the World Cup final

On July 14, England and New Zealand entered the Lord’s cricket stadium with the intensity to win their maiden World Cup trophy. England had already entered as the tournament favourite while the Black Caps were considered as the underdogs of the tournament.

And true to their titles, the two teams gave an unforgetting competition to each other. The runs scored by both the teams were tied, even after the Super Overs. Thereafter, England finally lifted their maiden World Cup trophy as they were declared the winners on the basis of the number of boundaries hit by each team.

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Meanwhile, the award was previously won by – Wayne Madsen of Derbyshire, Sussex’s Luke Wright, Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, Tom Fell of Worcestershire and England’s Anya Shrubsole.

The CMJ Spirit of Cricket award was created by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and BBC in 2013. It was created in the memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins (“CMJ”). He was passionate about promoting the spirit of the game.

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Watch – MCC Young Cricketers’ Arjun Tendulkar Bowls a Jaffa to Surrey Batsman NJ Tilley

In the Second XI Championship game of the South Group, the left-arm fast bowler Arjun Tendulkar has left an early mark while representing MCC Young Cricketers while taking on Surrey 2nd XI in the three-day competition at the High Wycombe Cricket Club.

Sachin Tendulkar‘s son, Arjun, has improved leaps and bounds and has set his base in England to work on his cricketing skills. The exciting all-rounder also has the knack of attempting searing yorkers in the nets, and he has equally been successful in his practice bouts.

In 2017, Arjun bowled a toe-crushing yorker to England batsman Jonny Bairstow. Thus, it had eventually become viral.

The 19-year-old youngster, who represents famous Marylebone Cricket Club‘s junior team, has represented India Under-19 team in July 2018 against Sri Lanka Under-19. However, the youngster had bowled decently in the youth Test.

How Arjun Tendulkar got NJ Tilley?

Arjun Tendulkar
Arjun Tendulkar.

Arjun, who has the knack of striking early on, did his best to remove Surrey’s young opener NJ Tilley. With his smooth run-up, Arjun came wide from the crease only to see hitting Tilley’s off stump.

Well, Tilley had no clue whatsoever who eventually got cramped in his crease in a bid to defend the ball.

Tilley, who plays with a high backlift, couldn’t manage to get down his bat on time, as the quickish delivery did the rest of work. Thus, Arjun without expressing himself too much like his father maintained

Earlier, Surrey skipper FOE van den Bergh won the toss and decided to bat first on a decent 22-yard surface.

While writing this report, Surrey 2nd XI managed to post 220 for three in 45 overs.

In his first spell, Arjun has bowled eight overs which included two maidens. He conceded 33 runs at an average of 4.13. Unfortunately, the lanky pacer Arjun has struggled while overstepping on four occasions.

Also, RS Patel has struggled against Arjun in the early phase of Surrey’s innings.

Relish: Here’s the Jaffa from Arjun Tendulkar to NJ Tilley:

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Kumar Sangakkara. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019: Kumar Sangakkara Reveals His Expectation From The Upcoming World Cup

The former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara feels that the upcoming Cricket World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments.

The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be the 12th edition of the men’s Cricket World Cup. England and Wales are ready to host this upcoming tournament from 30th May to 14th July. A total of top ten teams will participate in this competition. These participating teams are England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Windies.

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In the Group Stage, each team will face all other teams for once. After the completion of the Group Stage, the top four teams in the points table will qualify for the semi-finals. The winners of the two semi-finals will meet in the final of the tournament at Lord’s on 14th July.

Kumar Sangakkara is excited to experience the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The former star Sri Lankan cricketer believes that the forthcoming World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments due to the very tight competition.

Sangakkara recently told Hindustan Times, “I have a feeling this World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments. There will be close competition and I am sure we can look forward to some great cricket. The fans will enjoy it. It will be a great occasion for the sport and I am really excited.”

During his international career, Sangakkara played four Cricket World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). He also experienced two consecutive World Cup finals (2007 and 2011) but suffered defeats in both those matches.

ICC has been doing a very good job in terms of trying to spread the game

International cricket is gradually expanding at the present moment. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has awarded the T20I status to all the members from 1st January 2019. With this decision, a total of 105 teams have now the T20I status, including 12 Full Members.

Moreover, recently, Nepal, the USA, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Namibia etc. have earned the ODI status.

Kumar Sangakkara is feeling great to observe the expansion of international cricket. He feels that the ICC is doing a great job and he believes that these actions will help to grow up this game.

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Kumar Sangakkara (Photo Source: Cricbuzz)

He said, “I think the ICC has been doing a very good job in terms of trying to spread the game and more importantly in terms of bringing new teams to the framework. MCC does it in a unique way and has planned to tie up and bring in exciting new countries.”

It has got more to do with the ICC to balance out the Future Tours Programme

Sangakkara also spoke about the importance of proper scheduling in international cricket. While the numbers of cricket matches have been raised worldwide, Sangakkara believes that the ICC needs to work more to create a balanced Future Tours Programme.

He added, “It should be looked at how home boards do their scheduling. It has got more to do with the ICC to balance out the Future Tours Programme. There has to be adequate break between tours ensuring rehabilitation is done in a proper manner.

“There’s lot of international cricket and lot of domestic leagues taking place at the moment. They have to work with the home boards to balance things, not only for players and boards but even for spectators.”

Recently, Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed as the next President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He will be the first non-British President of MCC when he starts his tenure on 1st October 2019.

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Kumar Sangakkara Becomes First Non-British President of MCC

Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed as the next president of Marbylone Cricket Club. The former flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman has become the first non-British President of the MCC. Sangakkara will begin his tenure from 1st October 2019 and will hold office for a period of one year.

The current President, Anthony Wreford, made the announcment at the MCC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday at Lord’s. In fact, Kumar Sangakkara is already engaged with the MCC and he is delighted by a new position.

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Sangakkara gets a major role.

“It is a huge honour to be named the next President of MCC and it is a role that I am thoroughly looking forward to. For me, MCC is the greatest cricket club in the world, with its global reach and continued progress for cricket on and off the pitch,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying on the Lord’s website.

Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara had also delivered MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2011. On the other hand, the southpaw batsman had made his appearance on the honour’s twice in 2014.

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A great honour for Kumar.

“As MCC looks to broaden both our horizons and international reputation, I’m delighted that Kumar has accepted the invitation, which he did in January this year, to be the next President of MCC. He is an outstanding individual both on and off the field and will make a huge contribution to the Club. In a World Cup and Ashes year he will also have a significant role to play as President Designate,” MCC President, Anthony Wreford said.

Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara’s tenure will include a Test match between Windies and Pakistan. Furthermore, the launch of the 100th competition.

On the other hand, Kumar Sangakkara was currently seen providing his inputs in the ongoing Indian Premier League for the host broadcaster. Sangakkara is regarded as one of the best Sri Lankan batsmen ever produced by the country.

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IPL 2019: MCC In Spectacular U-turn Over R Ashwin’s Controversial ‘Mankad’ Run-Out

The MCC have taken a spectacular u-turn on the Mankad incident involving R Ashwin and Jos Buttler. The fourth game of the ongoing season between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur was marred by the Mankad row. Rajasthan Royals were cruising along at 108 for 1 in their chase of 185 before the incident took place in the 13th over.

On the penultimate delivery of the over, Ashwin stopped at the bowling crease, paused as Buttler left the crease, before turning to take the bails off. He immediately appealed for a run-out and eventually got the decision in his favour. The dismissal completely changed the course of the game. Royals’ chase fell apart soon as they suffered an inexplicable batting collapse. Before departing, Buttler had slammed 69 off 43 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes. He had also added 78 runs with Ajinkya Rahane for the first wicket.

The Royals went on to finish the game on 170 for 9 despite being 108 for 1 and then 148 for 2 at one stage.

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Jos Buttler and R Ashwin (Credits: IPL)

The incident had divided the cricketing world into two halves as many felt that Ashwin was right while many said that the act was against the spirit of the game. While Mankading is not against the rules, it is widely considered to be against the spirit of the game. Later, the MCC issued a statement which more or less settled the debate as they stated that Ashwin did nothing wrong.

However, just hours later, the MCC have changed their stance, saying that it was against the Spirit of the game.  Fraser Stewart, MCC’s laws manager, said that Buttler was in his ground at the expected point of release but for a pause by Ashwin before the removal of the bails.

“Having extensively reviewed the incident again and after further reflection we don’t think it was within the spirit of the game,” Stewart told the Daily Telegraph.

“We believe the pause was too long between the time Ashwin reached the crease and the moment it was reasonable to expect the ball would be delivered. When Buttler could have reasonably expected the ball to be delivered, he was in his ground,” he added.

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R Ashwin (Credits: BCCI)

Fraser, however, stated that batsmen leaving the crease before the delivery is also against the spirit of the game.

“It is also unfair, and against the Spirit of Cricket, for non-strikers to leave their ground too early. All these debates wouldn’t be necessary if non‑strikers remained in their ground until the ball is on its way down the pitch,” he said.

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