IPL Update: Jos Buttler Dismissal Deemed Legal

Martin Green

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:10 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 7:10 PM UTC

Cricket’s lawmakers have ruled that the controversial practice of Mankading is not against the spirit of the game.

<p>Jos Buttler found himself Mankaded by RV Ashwin in a big <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/2019-indian-premier-league-complete-ipl-betting-guide/89535/" target="_blank" title="IPL betting guide">IPL</a> game this week and he reacted angrily to the spinner’s sneaky dismissal. The practice takes its name from Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad, who ran out Australia batsman Bill Brown in 1947, and it involves running out a batsman backing up at the non-striker’s end. Ashwin drew a torrent of criticism from senior figures across the game, but the MCC ruled in his favour.</p><p>“Without the law, non-strikers could back up at liberty, several yards down the pitch,” it said in a statement. Ashwin was pilloried for failing to give Buttler a warning that he would dismiss him for continuing to leave the crease early. But the MCC added: “It has never been in the laws that a warning should be given to the non-striker. 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. With batsmen now being deemed in or out by millimetres by TV replays on quick singles, it is right that they should remain in their ground at the non-striker's end until it is fair for them to leave.</p><h2>Ambiguity around the rule</h2><p>The relevant part of Law 41.16 states: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.” MCC also acknowledged the ambiguity of the current wording, and said it understood the TV umpire’s judgment call to rule Buttler out.</p><p>The law clarifies that the “expected moment of release” comes when “the arm reaches its highest point”. “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,” said the MCC. “If it was a deliberate delay, that would be unfair and against the spirit of cricket. Ashwin claims this not to be the case.”</p><h2>Aswin branded “a disgrace”</h2><p>The spinner’s decision to Mankad Buttler was game changing. The England star was going strong on 69 from 43 balls and seemed on course to guide <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/rajasthan-royals-ipl-2019-team-profile/89570/" target="_blank" title="Rajasthan">Rajasthan Royals</a> to a crucial opening day victory. Yet Ashwin’s controversial intervention in the 13<sup>th</sup> over allowed <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/kings-xi-punjab-ipl-2019-team-profile/89572/" target="_blank" title="Punjab">King’s XI Punjab</a> to go on and record a 14-run victory. Australian legend Shane Warne called Ashwin “a disgrace” and “an embarrassment to the game. He said he is disappointed in the bowler as a captain and as a person. “Why do such a disgraceful and low act like that tonight?” he said. “You must live with yourself and it’s too late to say sorry, Mr Ashwin. You will be remembered for that low act.”</p><p>England captain Eoin Morgan said it sets a terrible example to children, while Rajasthan all-rounder Jofra Archer was incensed. Yet Ashwin found some support from former Aussie batsman Dean Jones, who said: “Don't blame Ashwin here as it's allowed in the laws of the game. How is it disrespectful or against the spirit of the game if it's allowed within the laws of game? Blame the administrators for making the law.”</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"706\" height=\"397\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/u4md3QbnrOA\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>How does this affect the outrights to win?<br /> </h2><p>After that result, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab are now both the distinct outsiders to win the IPL. You can find odds of 12/1 (13.0) on them with bookmakers like Bet365 and Sky Bet.<br /><br />Kings XI Punjab lost their second game of the season to table topping Kolkata Knight Riders, who have gone in to 7/2 (4.50) with some bookies to win it, although <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b2e07733-b156-44ba-bdcb-83e67b8f8c27" target="_blank" title="Sportingbet">Sportingbet</a> is offering a market leading 5/1 (6.0). Chennai Super Kings remain the 7/2 favourites with most betting sites.</p>
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