ICC Rules Change Impact: No more trolling Ashwin for Mankading and reverse swing may become extinct | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: A proud Indian, Sunil Gavaskar always got angry every time someone in his neighborhood said the word ‘Mankading‘, as he felt it was an insult to one of the country’s first superstar cricketers, Vinoo Mankad.
On the 1948 Australian tour, Mankad had notoriously missed home side keeper Bill Brown, who often left his crease at the non-attacking end, to gain a few yards.
Mankad warned Brown several times before firing him for trying to “gain unfair ground”. It was a perfectly legal method of dismissal, but the Australian media called it “Mankading”.
The first countries in the world – England and Australia – have taken up the term and argued that the practice is against the spirit of the game.
“Why do we call it Mankading and not Browned?” Gavaskar asked once.
Kapil Dev was criticized in 1992 for running out Peter Kirsten in an ODI, while Murali Kartik has faced anger on several occasions during his career for English County Railways and cricket simply for sticking to the rules.
When Ravichandran Ashwin chased Jos Buttler in an IPL match, all hell broke loose with Jimmy Anderson, playfully (but not without making a point), putting the off-spinning Indian’s photo in a chipper . Metaphorically tearing Ashwin to shreds for toying with the spirit of the game.
With the ICC finally calling it “burnout” and removing “foul play” from its rulebook, the de-stigmatization of ejected players among non-attackers began.
Changes to the ICC Rules of Playing Conditions will come into effect on October 1st.
We look at each rule and its implication on the teams:
Rule 1. Batters Returning When Caught: When a batter is caught, the new batter will enter at the end where the striker is, whether or not the batters have crossed before the catch is made.
Involvement: In tight games, this rule will be gold dust for bowling teams. Often when there are the last two wickets and at least one established batter remaining at the non-striker’s end, normally during a strike, the crossover would give the set batter a distinct advantage. But the rule change means that when the ninth wicket drops due to a strike, the No.11 will have to take the strike.
Rule 2: Using saliva to polish the ball: This ban has been in place for over two years in international cricket as a temporary Covid-related measure, and it is deemed appropriate to make the ban permanent.
Involvement: Saliva is heavier than body sweat and over the decades has helped bowlers use it as one of the methods to keep shine on one side and make it heavier as the other side scratches. that is how reverse swing came into play and if you look at the Test matches over the past two years, the conventional swing takes precedence over the red ball format.
Rule 3: Inbound batter ready to face the ball: An inbound batter will now be required to be ready to take the strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs, while the current ninety-second threshold in T20Is remains unchanged .
Consequences : This is done to avoid deliberate time-wasting tactics, especially in close Test matches on day five, when a team beating in the fourth innings in the closing stages attempts to delay proceedings.
Rule 4: Attacker’s Right to Play the Ball: This is restricted to require part of his bat or person to remain on the field. If they venture beyond that, the umpire will call and signal dead ball. Any ball that would cause the batter to leave the field will also be called no-ball.
Consequences : There is no such meaning as it is very, very rare at the highest level.
Rule 5: Unfair Movement by the Fielding Team: Any unfair and deliberate movement while the pitcher is rushing for the bowl could now result in the umpire awarding five penalty points to the batting team, in more than being called a dead ball.
Consequences : Fielders normally back up and cover some ground, but it would now be considered unfair if this happened before the delivery was complete. Some fast singles inside the circle, which were once saved, might not be otherwise.
Rule 6: Non-Attacker Out: Playing Conditions follow the Laws by moving this method of executing an out from the “Foul Play” section to the “Out” section.
Involvement: The rule has always been in place, but it was the bowler who got the stick from the cricketing community, as Australians and English saw it as opposition to the spirit of cricket. Bowlers have been judged over the years for what is deemed legal in letter but not in spirit. This will change now.
Rule 7: Bowler throwing towards the end of the striker before the delivery: Previously, a bowler who saw the batter advancing towards the wicket before entering his delivery stride, could throw the ball in an attempt to get the attacker. This practice will henceforth be called dead ball.
Involvement: Nothing more, as most bowlers do not use this stratagem. Particularly fast bowlers are on the move, and even if they find a batter charging while charging, it is difficult to pull out of the action as it could cause injury.
Rule 7: The mid-match penalty introduced in T20I in January 2022 (whereby a fielding team’s failure to knock down their overs at the scheduled stoppage time leads to another fielder having to be brought inside the fielding circle for the remaining overs of the innings), will also be adopted in ODI matches after the ICC World Cup Men’s Super League ends in 2023.
Involvement: Teams now take almost four hours at times to complete the 50 overs knowing that only a token financial penalty is in place, and that too, paid for by the councils. This rule would mean one less defender outside the 30-yard circle in the final two or three overs could have a massive impact on the game. Especially for the defending teams.

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