In today’s cricket sports news, learn more about the recent high-profile events that have taken place guarantee that the mankad will be a major topic of discussion throughout this year’s Twenty20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Reece Topley will miss the T20 World Cup for England due to ankle ligament injuries; Tymal Mills replaces Topley in the 15-man roster, and Luke Wood is named the traveling reserve. Lastly, Adam Zampa, an Australian bowler, said on Wednesday that cricket games need to work with players on sponsorship deals and take their ideas about sustainability and ethics into account.
Dark Art Casts Shadow on World Cup, Ticking Cricket Timebomb
Run-outs of the non-striker and other near-misses are raising the question in world cricket.
Recent high-profile incidents cast a shadow over this year’s T20 World Cup.
The next mankad could strike any day, triggering an endless debate.
Despite cricket’s lawmakers taking the biggest step yet to end the rare dismissal controversy.
The MCC removed the mankad from the game’s ‘Unfair Play’ section on October 1.
It’s a runout now.
Mankad, or running out a non-striker who is out of their crease, is now as fair and welcome as a stumping or runout.
The’spirit of cricket’ casts many shades of grey on the argument, making the mankad taboo for many cricket fans.
Few sports value their’spirit’ more than cricket, so the mankad may never be popular.
Ravi Shastri, a former India captain and coach, believes cricket should be played by its rules.
As such, he thinks the World Cup and all cricket should allow the mankad.
Shastri: “My thoughts are clear” Law. A batsman shouldn’t leave the crease before a ball is bowled.
“According to cricket law, the bowler can remove the bails if you do that.
“I know (the old rule) was around for a long time, so many players are still adjusting to the new bail rule.
“As a coach, I told my players, ‘Just do it, it’s the law.'” It’s part of the game, not cheating. The batsman and bowler should know their jobs.
Shastri said the new rule should make mankads clear-cut.
“There’s outrage, but that’s because the law is new,” said the 80-Test great.
“I don’t believe you warn someone once and then do it again. It’s like telling a fielder, “You dropped me once, catch it now.”
“If you leave your crease, you’re cheating the opposition and the bowler. Stay put until the ball is bowled.”
The rule’s vague wording complicates matters further.
The law states, “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play until the bowler would normally release the ball, the non-striker is Run out.”
The words “normally have been expected” are problematic in the effort to end the mankad controversy once and for all.
A non-striker could take off prematurely, causing the bowler to remove the bails.
Another bowler may be so desperate for a wicket that they pretend to bowl, stall, and try their luck, hoping the non-striker won’t notice and wander toward the striker.
It’s hard to tell if the non-striker was in their crease when the “normal” ball was delivered.
Deepti Sharma arguably did this in September when she dismissed England’s Charlie Dean at Lord’s.
India considered Dean a serial offender for leaving her crease early, but Deepti said she had been warned.
England needed 16 runs to win by one wicket, so captain Harmanpreet Kaur gestured to her bowler, and Deepti removed the bails.
Who’s wrong? Dean cried either way.
It was similar to when India’s Ravichandran Ashwin mankadded Jos Buttler in 2019, despite the batter not being in an advantageous position.
Mitchell Starc warned Buttler for leaving his crease early.
Starc said, “I’m not Deepti, but I can do it.” “Don’t leave your crease early.”
Starc suggested that third umpires check where the non-striker stands at every ball, like they do for no-balls, and penalize the team if they leave their crease early.
Deepak Chahar had a chance to mankad Tristan Stubbs earlier this month, but he warned him instead.
This year’s T20 World Cup will be the first under new rules.
Shastri thinks that with the green light, everyone will do the same thing if a big result is at stake.
“One run to win, one ball left. If the non-striker is out, do you think any bowler won’t remove the bails?” said Shastri.
Reece Topley Injured His Ankle and Was Replaced by Tymal Mills
The bowler, 28, rolled his left ankle during a fielding drill in Brisbane on Monday before England’s final warm-up match against Pakistan.
Tymal Mills, a traveling reserve, has replaced Topley, and Lancashire quick Luke Wood will join the squad soon.
Since August, Mills has had a toe injury.
England’s first T20 World Cup game is against Afghanistan on Saturday. They also face defending champions Australia, 2021 runner-up New Zealand, and two qualifiers.
Topley has 17 wickets in 16 T20 games at an average of 28 in 2022.
The Surrey bowler is an integral part of England’s T20 bowling attack, using the new ball and at the death. He is 11th in the T20 international bowling rankings.
Replace Topley Mills played four times for England in last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE, picking up seven wickets at 15.42 average.
In that England squad, Topley replaced him.
Topley posted on Instagram that he’s “devastated” but wishes England “good luck.”
Livingstone has done “everything” to be ready
Topley’s injury is a major blow for England, but Liam Livingstone’s return on Monday was a boost.
The all-rounder returned after three months out with an ankle injury, taking one wicket and hitting 28 from 16 balls, including a six off the Gabba roof.
He said: “There’s a limit before it swells and sets you back a few days. Air travel hasn’t made it easier. I must compress it to fly.
“The physios bandage it so it won’t swell. My range of motion is limited by swelling, making it more painful to train.
“So I’ll train in the mornings and ice in the afternoons. It’s been boring, but England is in the World Cup, so it’s worth it.
“I did everything I could to be fit for Saturday. I’m happy with where I am with a few days until the first game.”
In his innings against Pakistan, he tripped while turning, but Livingstone said he played well.
“I didn’t want to go ham,” he said. “I played 95%. I wanted to get back to cricket and bowl, which was my main concern.
“My batting has been fine since I returned to cricket. The turning was difficult, so having a slip and feeling okay is a confidence booster. Batting-wise, I still have work to do, but I’m close.”
Zampa: Sports Should Work With Players on Ethical Sponsorships
Adam Zampa says cricket must work with players on sponsorships and consider their views on sustainability and ethics.
Ethical sponsorship has been a hot topic in Australian sport in recent weeks, with athletes raising concerns about corporate backers.
Test and one-day Pat Cummins told Australian media he wants climate to be a “real priority” when choosing sponsors. He has spoken to CA boss Nick Hockley about his concerns.
Zampa praised Cummins and said players should be more involved in sponsorship conversations.
“I think it’s great that Pat started the conversation,” the legspinner said.
I think players, CA, and sponsors must collaborate.
Vegan Zampa said he tried to make ethical decisions in his life and rejected the idea that players should just play sport.
“Role models? We are. We don’t only play, “said
“I value collaboration. We’re a business, so I know money is important. We are that too.”
CA said Tuesday it agreed to cut a sponsorship deal with a local energy provider by a year, but it was the company’s decision and not influenced by Cummins and Hockley.
International Cricket Council signed a global partnership deal with Saudi oil giant Aramco to sponsor the T20 World Cup in Australia and other ICC events.
The deal includes the ICC Player of the Match awards.
The cricket players union said it would back any player who declined a sponsor due to personal reasons.
“If individual players don’t want to be associated with a sponsor, we’d support that,” FICA boss Tom Moffatt said.
Summary of Today’s Cricket/Sports News
Overall, recent high-profile incidents cast a shadow over this year’s T20 World Cup. The next mankad might hit any day, triggering an endless discussion. Despite cricket’s lawmakers taking the biggest step yet to address the rare dismissal issue. The MCC removed the mankad from the game’s ‘Unfair Play’ section on October 1.
Meanwhile, due to an ankle ligament injury, seamer Reece Topley has been ruled out of England’s T20 World Cup campaign. This is a big setback for the English team. The 28-year-old bowler sprained his left ankle during a fielding drill in Brisbane, Australia, on Monday, prior to England’s final warm-up match against Pakistan. He will no longer participate in the competition. Tymal Mills, a fellow left-arm bowler, has replaced Topley as the traveling reserve, while Lancashire quick Luke Wood will join the squad as a reserve in due time.
Finally, Adam Zampa says cricket should engage with players on sponsorship arrangements and sustainability and ethical issues. In recent weeks, Australian athletes have raised concerns about corporate sponsors in a number of tournaments. Pat Cummins told Australian media he wants environment to be a “serious focus” when choosing sponsors and has spoken to CA CEO Nick Hockley about his worries. Zampa praised Cummins’ position and suggested players should be involved in sponsorship talks.