Joe Root calls for clarity over ‘Mankad’ controversy

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England skipper Joe Root has called on the game’s governing body for clarity on the ‘Mankad’ dismissal ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Root’s England team-mate Jos Buttler was controversially run out by bowler Ravi Ashwin during an Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals on Monday.

Ashwin removed the bails after he pulled out of a delivery as Buttler backed up and although the bowler acted within the rules, it is not considered to be within the spirit of the game.

“I think you know some people might be looking to do that now,” Root said during Yorkshire’s media day at Headingley.

“I think umpires being really clear on what is out and what is not out is going to be crucial.

“Making sure everyone is on the same page with it so that there’s no inconsistencies is going to be really important and having the clarity there for everyone playing the game.

“I know it’s not a straightforward rule, but as much as possible, there’s a way of working out what is out and what is not.”

That type of dismissal is known as a ‘Mankad; after the former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad did it in a Test match against Australia in 1947.

“It’s not something that I’d like to be involved in, I wasn’t too impressed personally,” Root said.

“But it’s within the laws of the game, as a lot of people have said, and one Jos has to take on the chin unfortunately.”

The World Cup is scheduled to start at the end of May and will be hosted in England and Wales.

England's Jos Buttler, right, has flourished for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League
England’s Jos Buttler, right, has flourished for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (Martin Rickett/PA)

“By nature you stay in your crease as (the bowler) is running up. I think it’s a good warning now and I’m glad it’s not happened to us in the World Cup final for example, or a World Cup game.

“It’s a decision that Ashwin made in the heat of a game. I’d like to think I wouldn’t be involved in that or make that decision personally.”

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