Fair play?: ‘Mankading’ scandal divides cricket fans
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The cricket world is split over a ‘Mankad’ dismissal in the Indian Premier League.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was widely criticised after he ‘Mankaded’ English player Jos Butler.
‘Mankading’ occurs when a batsman leaves their crease early and the bowler hits the stumps, claiming an easy wicket.
Can you see why Indian bowler Ravi Ashwin is being slammed as a “disgrace” and an “embarrassment to cricket”? pic.twitter.com/2y8H3AwGNR
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) March 26, 2019
The act is completely legal in cricket but has often been frowned upon as bad sportsmanship.
Former Test captain Ian Chappell tells Ben Fordham he has no sympathy for Jos Butler.
“Why is it that the bowler gets it in the neck and the batsman who’s basically trying to cheat, he’s the one who’s supposedly hard done by? Rubbish.
“I have no sympathy for him.”
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But former Australian captain Shane Warne has called the incident “disgraceful and embarrassing” in an online blow-up.
So disappointed in @ashwinravi99 as a Captain & as a person. All captains sign the #IPL wall & agree to play in the spirit of the game. RA had no intention of delivering the ball – so it should have been called a dead ball. Over to u BCCI – this a not a good look for the #IPL
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Ben Fordham has slammed Shane Warne’s comments, saying the play was perfectly legal.
“I don’t think Aussies should be lecturing anyone about the spirit of the game considering what happened 12 months ago.”
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