‘I was uncomfortable with it…’: Sachin Tendulkar reacts to MCC’s legislative changes

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday welcomed Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) decision to remove the run-out at the end of non-attackers from foul play laws, although veteran England pacer Stuart Broad called the decision of “unfair”. Custodian of cricket laws, the MCC has decided to move the law relating to outings on the non-attacking side of its ‘foul play’ section. It relates to outings at the non-striking end when batters back up too far and has often sparked heated debates over the spirit of the game. Several players like India’s first off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have advocated it as a mode of fair dismissal.

Tendulkar said he was still opposed to the term used for this dismissal as “Mankaded”.

“New rules have been introduced into cricket by the MCC committee and I am very much in favor of a few of them. The first being the dismissal of Mankading. I have always been uncomfortable with the fact that this particular dismissal is called Mankaded,” Tendulkar said in a video message.

“I’m really happy that he was changed to run out. He should have always been run out in my opinion. So that’s good news for all of us. I wasn’t comfortable with it all, but it won’t be the case anymore.”

However, Broad called “unfair” MCC’s decision to legitimize “Mankading”, an exhausted dismissal on the non-striking side, saying it requires “no skill”.

“So the Mankad is no longer unfair and is now a legitimate dismissal. Hasn’t it always been a legitimate dismissal and whether it is unfair is subjective? I think it is unfair and would not consider it not, like IMO, dismissing a batter is a matter of skill and the Mankad requires no skill,” Broad tweeted.

The other change in the rules of cricket that Tendulkar liked was related to a new batter taking the strike if a strike is returned.

“And the second the batter is returned, being caught, the new batter has to come and face the ball. The new batter takes the strike.

“It’s absolutely fair because if a bowler has successfully chosen a wicket, it’s fair that a bowler has the chance to bowl against a new batter. This new rule is good and well done on that,” said- he declared.

Additionally, the MCC also said that using saliva to shine the ball would be considered an unfair practice.

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The application of saliva has been banned by the ICC due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the MCC said its research has found that the application of saliva has no impact on ball movement.

The changes will not come into effect until October.

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