The Mankad debate is back.
Footage has circulated on social media of a cricketer attempting the controversial sending-off during a Victoria Sub-District Cricket Association match at the weekend, inevitably sparking debate.
During a one-day contest at St Bernards College on Sunday, Kew were chasing a target of 187 when St Bernards Old Collegians pacer Kyle Adams broke loose from the bails in the sixth over, appealing for a run at the end of the not forward.
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Replays showed that Kew batsman Andrew Chalkley was marginally out of his crease when Adams dislodged the bails.
The wicket caused a heated borderline argument.
“You are a disgrace to the cricket sub-district,” someone yelled.
Another continued: “It’s in the rule books, idiot.”
Someone else declared: “F***ing s**t club if that’s fucking acceptable.”
Another said: “Simple Chalk, stay in your fold partner.”
Kew won the match by four wickets, chasing the target in the 44th after captain Matthew Brown hit top-scoring with 74 (93).
Video of Chalkley’s sacking quickly racked up tens of thousands of views on Twitter, prompting cricket fans to offer their two cents on the matter.
Peter Ryan of The Age posted on Twitter: “Pathetic way of playing. I’m not a fan of pedants ruining a perfectly reasonable game of cricket. Just warn sled, tell him he’s a cheater, stop and show him you’ve got him cold, all he wants to try to change is behavior but don’t mankad him.
Chalkley later tweeted: “Pretty embarrassing way to play cricket.”
The sacking of “Mankad” divided the cricket world earlier this year when Indian player Deepti Sharma bested England’s Charlie Dean during an ODI contest at Lord’s.
Although the Laws of the game allow the no striker to run out, many believe it violates the Spirit of Cricket.
However, Marylebone Cricket Club, the sport’s custodians and legislators, sent a clear message to cricketers around the world following Sharma’s controversial career.
“MCC’s message to non-strikers remains to stay in your field until you see the ball leave the pitcher’s hand,” the statement read.
Earlier this year, a Victorian-style cricket match became the focus of heated debate as Kingston Hawthorn leader Sen Sathyajith secured victory with two “Mankad” dismissals.