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The mankad muddle: Twitter debates as West Indies in QF, Zimbabwe go out of U-19 World Cup

Controversy clouded the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh on Tuesday when West Indies secured a 2-run victory over Zimbabwe in the final over of their group match by 'mankading' the last batsmen.

The Mankad incident at the U-19 World Cup. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The Mankad incident at the U-19 World Cup. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The controversial run-out happened on the first delivery of the last over when Zimbabwe required 3 runs to win with one wicket remaining. At this crucial juncture, West Indian bowler Keemo Paul ran in for the first ball of the 50th over and instead of completing his action and bowling, took out the bails at the non-striker's end.

The umpire referred it for review and the non striker Richard Ngarava was given out. West Indies won the game and entered quarterfinals.

However, there seems to be a huge outcry over the incident, with many calling it against the spirit of cricket. 'mankad' dismissal has always courted controversy, but is still legitimate and within rules.

Mankading was born when Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad removed the bails at the non-striker's end in Australia in 1947 and sent the advancing non-striker back to the pavilion. It was controversial then, it is controversial now. The debate mostly revolves around the sportsmanship vs rules-are-rules equation. It is frowned upon in cricketing circles to mankad a non-striker before giving him or her a fair warning (which was not given in this occasion). But the rules deem mankading as  alegitimate form of run-out.

However, there are no written rules on sportsmanship. Yet athletes all over the world in every sport abide themselves by  these unwritten codes. A footballer kicks out a ball when a player is down due to injury not due any rule-book says so, but because its only 'fair.' Not to say that continuing to play would be unfair, it would actually be withing the laws of the game. But lets just say, it won't go down very well among your peers.

The mankading incident in the U-19 World Cup is not the first and it won't be the last, but as a debate on Twitter rages on, maybe ICC needs to address one of cricket's most frowned upon occurrence.

Updated Date: Feb 03, 2016 07:44 AM

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