Cricket law watchdog MCC has decided to move the rule regarding runs out at the end of a striker who is not a striker from the “unfair play” section.
It involves off-ball runs when the batters are too far back and often sparks heated debates about the spirit of the game. Some players like India’s top off-spinner game Ravichandran Ashwin advocated it as a method of fair dismissal.
Tendulkar said he has always been averse to the term used for this dismissal as “Mankaded”.
“New rules have been put in place by the MCC committee in cricket and I’m quite supportive of a few of them. The first one is the sacking of Mankading. I’ve always been uncomfortable with that particular layoff called so-called. Mankaded,” Tendulkar said in a video message.
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“I’m really glad it was changed to the end. In my opinion, it should always be out. So this is good news for all of us. I don’t feel comfortable with it all, but that won’t be the case anymore.”
However, Broad called the MCC’s decision “unfair” to legalize ‘Mankading’, a highly probable dismissal of the non-striker, saying it requires ” zero skill”.
“So Mankad is no longer unfair and is now a legal dismissal. Isn’t it always a legal dismissal & is it unfair or subjective? I think this that’s unfair and wouldn’t take it IMO, firing a hitter is about skill and Mankad doesn’t require skill,” Broad tweeted.
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– Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) 1646825097000
Another change in cricket rules that Tendulkar likes has to do with a new hitter taking a hit in the event of a chase.
“And the second the batter is being chased, is being caught, the new batter has to come and face the ball. It’s the batter that makes the stroke.
“That’s completely fair because if a pitcher is successful in picking a baton then it’s only fair that a pitcher has a chance to pitch for a new hitter. This new rule is a good one and well done,” he said.
Besides, the MCC also believes that using saliva to polish the ball will be considered unfair behavior.
The application of saliva has been banned by the ICC because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the MCC said their study showed that the application of saliva did not affect the movement of the ball.
The amendments will not take effect until October.