Sri Lanka has issued a strong warning to hosts Australia on possible mankading in future games.
The team which is on a tour to Australia for a T20I and ODI series is considering to mankad Southern Stars lest any non-striker tries to takes advantage by stepping out of the crease before the ball has been released.
The Sri Lankan team hasn’t had any success in their Australian tour till now. The brilliant Australia women’s team went for a clean sweep in the T20I series and has already won the ODI series as well.
The Sri Lanka captain Sashikala Siriwardena has informed the Australian team that they have been practicing mankading in their training and will not be hesitant in using it in the match if the non-striker batter doesn’t stay behind the line.
During the first ODI between the two sides, Siriwardena had warned Ellyse Perry as she had left the crease before the ball was released. In the T20I series, another Sri Lankan bowler Udeshika Prabodani had stopped during her bowling stride and mimicked the act of throwing the ball to the non-striker’s stumps when Ashleigh Gardner was backing up.
The act of running out the non-striker when they are leaving the crease while the bowler is in the act of bowling is called mankading. It is named after former India player Vinoo Mankad. Law 41.16.1 which governs this act of mankading states: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be Run out. In these circumstances, the non-striker will be out Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is put down by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler’s hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered.”
On the other hand, Australia captain Meg Lanning has asked her players to stay alert and keep a close eye over it. As reported by Laura Jolly for cricket.com.au, Lanning and her team is prepared to stay within the crease and watch the releasing of the ball from the bowler’s hand.
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