London - Cricket lawmakers MCC insist the rule regarding "Mankad" is essential
in the aftermath of the controversy over Jos Buttler's IPL dismissal.
England batsman Buttler, playing for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, was
run out at the non-striker's end by Kings XI Punjab bowler Ravichandran
Ashwin on Monday.
The method of dismissal, named after former India player Vinoo
Mankad, is legal but is seen by many as going against the spirit of the
game, unless the batsman has been persistently backing up and warned
The incident was all the more contentious as Buttler was still in his
crease when Ashwin arrived, only for the bowler to pull out of his
action and wait for him to step forward before whipping off the bails.
The MCC tried to ease the tension by clarifying law 41.16: Non-striker leaving his/her ground early.
"This law is essential. Without it, non-strikers could back up at
liberty, several yards down the pitch and a law is needed to prevent
such action," the MCC statement read on Tuesday.
"The crux of the issue is when the non-striker can safely leave
his/her ground, and what the bowler can do to effect this form of
dismissal without courting controversy.
"To clarify, it has never been in the laws that a warning should be
given to the non-striker and nor is it against the spirit of cricket to
run out a non-striker who is seeking to gain an advantage by leaving
his/her ground early.
"Some feel that Ashwin delayed his action to allow Buttler the chance
to leave his ground and that Buttler was in his ground when he expected
the ball to be released.
"If it was a deliberate delay, that would be unfair and against the spirit of cricket. Ashwin claims this not to be the case.
"The TV umpire had to make a decision and, under the law, it was understandable how he opted to give Buttler out.
"It is up to both teams to ensure that the game is played within both the laws and the spirit of cricket.
"Non-strikers must be careful not to gain an unfair advantage by
leaving their ground early, while bowlers must act within the timeframe
outlined in the law to effect a run-out under law 41.16."