New Dehli, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) — There are contentious issues in cricket that, it seems, just aren't cricket.
Take for instance one particular run out, within the laws of the game but against some people's concept of the spirit of cricket, in the Indian Premier League that has divided fans, former players and experts across the world.
It's called a Mankad — named after the first player to do it in an international match in 1947. Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravi Ashwin ran into bowl but didn't release the ball, instead taking off the bails at the non-striker's end of the pitch while Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler was out of his crease.
The Indian Premier League posted the full video online under the questions: Within the rules of the game? Fair play? Would you have done it ?
In the video, there's some lively discussion between Ashwin and the English batsman Buttler on the field while the decision was referred to the TV umpire.
Respected international cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle said it was within the laws of the game for the bowler to run out a batter backing up at the non-striker's end, and there was no need for the bowler to warn the batter.
Bhogle was commentating on the game for TV. His co-commentator described Ashwin's run out as a "terrible, terrible gesture."
"Lots of drama on the Buttler run-out," Bhogle later posted on Twitter. "He was livid but the law and the advisory on it is clear. The bowler is within his right to run a player out at the non-striker's end if he is out of his crease."
It sparked immediate debate among other former cricketers. Some, such as ex-Australia legspinner Shane Warne, describing it as "disgraceful and embarrassing," while others could see no problem with the decision.
"As captain of your side you set the standard of the way the team wants to play and what the team stands for!" Warne posted on Twitter, adding that Ashwin would be remembered for it."
Under the old more-or-less unwritten rules, a bowler was supposed to warn a batter at the non-striker's end the first time a Mankad run out was an option in cases where the runner was leaving the crease too early.
The International Cricket Council codified the rule to reflect the bowler didn't need to warn a batter, so long as the bowler abided by certain conditions.
What is still debatable is whether a bowler can lure the non-striker into leaving the crease early by faking a bowl.
Ashwin's team won, and he said in a later interview that it wasn't a pre-determined idea to run out Buttler.
"Look, it was very instinctive on my part. It was not planned or anything like that," Ashwin said. "It's there within the rules of the game. I don't know where the understanding of spirit of the game comes because quite naturally, if it's there in the rules, it's there."
In an International Cricket Council poll on Twitter, 72 percent of the 31,417 voters said they didn't believe Ashwin did the right thing.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted the question to those supporting Ashwin's move , if it had been India star Virat Kohli batting would they think it was a good idea?
"I would say to all India ex-players/Pundits who are supportive of what R Ashwin did ... If @imVkohli was batting would you be so supportive !!???"
Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton said in a post-match TV interview Ashwin's "actions tonight speak for him and represent him."
"When I looked in the eyes of his teammates, I'm not sure if it represented his teammates," Upton said. "I think we'll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that's the kind of thing they want to see. We'll leave it up to the cricket world to judge Ashwin's actions tonight.
"We're here to play cricket and entertain the fans and be good role models for people who love the game."
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) - In the sixth round of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL), Legends of Rupganj beat Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity by five wickets in Savar on Monday.
While batting first, Khelaghar posted 264 for three wickets in 50 overs. Legends of Rupganj chased it in 49.2 overs (268/5) with the guidance of Mehedi Maruf and Mohammad Naim.
While Mehedi hit his second consecutive century, Naim scored 72. They added 118 runs in the opening stand of their innings.
However, Mominul Haque (26) and Shahriar Nafees (8) disappointed to capitalise on it. Naeem Islam, the captain of Rupganj, ended hitting 28.
Left-arm orthodox bowler Moinul Islam scalped three wickets for Khelaghar but failed to make that his side did not lose the match.
Earlier, Rupaganj won the toss and opted to bowl first. Khelaghar accumulated 264/3 in 50 overs with the help of consecutive second fifty of Mahidul Islam Ankon (77).
Along with him, Ashok Menaria, the Indian selection of Khelaghar, hit an unbeaten 87 for them as well. Apart from them, the right-handed opener, Robiul Islam Robi, hit 53.
Subashis Roy, Rishi Dhawan and Muktar Ali took one wicket each for Rupganj.
Mehedi Maruf was awarded man of the match for his superb ton with eight fours and two sixes.
It was Rupganj’s fifth win in six matches, and the win guided them to the second place of the points table. On the other hand, Khelaghanr suffered the fifth loss in six rounds.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club vs Gazi Group Cricketers
In the other match of the day, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club beat Gazi Group Cricketers by 43 runs in Fatullah.
Sheikh Jamal batted first and posted 277 runs. In reply, Gazi tumbled for 234 all-out in 47 overs and capitulated by 43 runs.
Shamsur Rahman (80) and Mahedi Hasan (60) hit fifties for Gazi, but their efforts were not enough for them to avoid a loss.
Earlier, Gazi won the toss and invited Sheikh Jamal to bat first. They posted 277 for six wickets in 50 overs.
Captain of Gazi Nurul Hasan was the best batsman of them hitting an unbeaten 81. Besides him, Sri Lankan recruit Asela Gunaratne was the other batsman to hit another fifty for them (79).
Apart from Nurul and Gunarante, Fardeen Hasan hit 46, and Nasir Hossain contributed with 23.
For Gazi, Parvez Rasool, their Indian recruit, scalped three wickets while Mahedi Hasan, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Myshukur Rahman bagged one wicket each.
Asela Gunaratne was the man of the match for his splendid 79 off 65 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes.
It was Sheikh Jamal’s third win in six matches. On the other hand, Gazi Group suffered the fourth loss in as many matches.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) — Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) defending champions Abahani Limited defeated Mohammedan Sporting Club by six wickets on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Mohammedan, sent to bat after losing the toss, posted 248 runs with the help of two fifties from Irfan Shukkur and Raqibul Hasan.
Their first-wicket stand added 40 runs. But Liton Das, who took part in this season of the league for the first time, failed to continue his solid start and fell as the first batsman.
Liton hit 26 while Abdul Mazid fell for 27. In the third-wicket stand, Irfan and Mohammedan captain added 68 runs. Before being removed by Nazmul Islam, Irfan added 57 runs while Raqibul hit 51.
Mohammedan’s Sri Lankan recruit Chaturanga de Silva, hit 32, and Sohag Gazi accumulated 27.
For Abahani, Mohammad Saifuddin and Nazmul bagged three wickets each.
In reply, Abahani reached the goal in 47.3 overs with six wickets in hand (254/4). Jahurul Islam Omi hit 96 and nearly missed a century.
Abahani had a solid start with the help of Jahurul and Soumya Sarkar. They added 105 runs in the opening stand before Soumya fell for 43. Wasim Jaffer followed him scoring 38 while Najmul Hossain Shanto posted 16.
In the fifth wicket stand, Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain added 40 runs, ensuring victory over their arch-rival. Sabbir hit Abdul Mazid for a massive six over long-on to seal the game for Abahani.
It was Abahani’s fifth win in six matches. They came back to the winning-streak after losing the previous match to Prime Bank Cricket Club. Monday’s victory helped them cement their place at the top of the points table.
On the other hand, it was Mohammedan’s third consecutive loss in the league.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) — Die-hard cricketing fans will soon have a chance to don jerseys, albeit replicas, of the national team.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to capitalise on the huge fan base of the sports in the country ahead of the World Cup.
Many unofficial and low quality replicas of the jerseys are sold in the market. And the demand for high-quality products is huge.
“We have decided to sell it considering the jersey’s high-demand among supporters,” said Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB chief executive officer.
The national team’s clothing-kits provider Sports and Sports will supply the official replica in the market, he told the media. “We’ve signed a contract with Sports and Sports. They will provide jerseys to a renowned local clothing brand who will sell them countrywide.”
But there are no details about the price the jerseys and where they will be sold. BCB said it will clear these things up in coming weeks before the World Cup.
Johannesburg, Mar 25 (AP/UNB) — Dwaine Pretorius made the most of a promotion to No. 3 in the batting order to hit 77 not out in the third Twenty20 and lead South Africa to a 45-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method and a 3-0 series sweep over Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Allrounder Pretorius was given his chance in the series-ender with South Africa, already 2-0 up, resting some players and missing others to IPL duty. He seized it in his first innings in a T20 international, striking seven fours and three sixes in his 42-ball innings and leading South Africa to 198-2 in its 20 overs.
Sri Lanka's chase was interrupted by rain at the Wanderers in Johannesburg but the tourists were well behind the rate by then. Chasing a readjusted target of 183 from 17 overs, Sri Lanka was 137 all out in 15.4 overs.
South Africa's T20 sweep goes with its 5-0 win in the ODI series. Sri Lanka won the one that counted, though, taking the test series 2-0 to become the first team from the Asian subcontinent to win a test series in South Africa.
With eyes now on the 50-over World Cup, Pretorius delivered his best limited-overs innings for South Africa, which was put into bat by Sri Lanka, and was supported by 66 from opener Reeza Hendricks. They did the bulk of the work, allowing JP Duminy to swing freely at the end of the innings and connect for two fours and three sixes in his 34 not out from 14 balls.
In Sri Lanka's chase, opener Niroshan Dickwella made 38 and allrounder Isuru Udana 36 but only three Sri Lankans got to double figures.
Seamer Andile Phehlukwayo finished with 4-24 for South Africa.