Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik

With a month away for Indian Premier League 2020 Mankad dismissal again hit the board whether to use it or not. Though Mankad comes under the rule book many feel the dismissal as “against the spirit of cricket”.

Earlier Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting states that he won’t allow anyone particularly R Ashwin to get benefit from “Mankad dismissal”. 

This was in response to Ravichandran Ashwin Mankading Jos Buttler in a match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals last season. Ravichandran Ashwin will be playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020.

In that list, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik has said that he would urge his bowlers to not go in for a Mankad as well.

“I keep saying this. As a captain, I wouldn’t allow my bowler [to do a Mankad]. If my bowler does it, I won’t accept it as a dismissal. Because I feel that [even though] it’s okay, it’s not necessary, our bowlers have the skill levels to do a proper dismissal,” Dinesh Karthik told Cricketnext.

‘The laws around Mankad need to be watertight’. But the KKR captain also said that he wants the rules around the Mankad to be ‘watertight’.

“Rules need to be watertight and there is no question of… it’s either black or white, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “There should be no grey areas for people to use a loophole and find out.”

“I think every time a batsman crosses [the line before the ball is delivered], the bowler should be allowed to create a runout. I don’t think there is any spirit of cricket question that is there in that. Because I feel if a batsman nicks a ball and he doesn’t walk, where is the spirit then?”

“I think you need to be fair. You should take it out of the bowler’s hand and the umpire’s hand. It is either out or a not out, that’s all. There is no question of asking the captain, asking the referee and those kinds of things,” Karthik reiterated.

The cash-rich Indian Premier League is all set to begin from September 16 in UAE with its new sponsor as VIVO pulls out of the current year league due to pressure in India china border.