Mankading is no longer ‘unfair play’ as MCC makes massive changes to cricket laws

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Laws Subcommittee has proposed several amendments for the 2022 Code, which were subsequently approved at the club’s General Committee meeting last week.

Mankading is no longer 'unfair play' as MCC makes massive changes to cricket laws (courtesy BCCI)

Mankading is no longer ‘unfair play’ as MCC makes massive changes to cricket laws (courtesy BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marylebone Cricket Club has made some changes to its Code of Laws
  • The mankad method of dismissing batsmen is not listed under unfair play
  • Cricket players are not allowed to use saliva to shine the ball

Marylebone Cricket Club has made some changes to its code of statutes which govern international play. The new changes will not come into effect until October 2022. In the meantime, the relevant materials will be updated by the MCC to support referee and official training worldwide.

A new Substitute Law was introduced. It states that substitutions in a game must be treated as if they were the player they replaced and assume any sanctions or dismissals affecting that player in that game.

On a catch-out dispose, the player coming in to bat takes a shot regardless of whether the batsman ran to the other end and when.

Fraser Stewart, MCC Laws Manager, said: “Since the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket was published, the game has changed in a lot of ways. The 2022 Code makes some pretty major changes, from the way we talk about cricket , down to the way it’s played. There are some notable changes as detailed below.

Rules 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair Movement of Fielding Team Previously, any member of the fielding team who moved unfairly was only penalized with a “dead ball” – potentially negating a perfectly good shot by the batter. Since the action is both unfair and intentional, the batting side is now awarded 5 penalty runs.

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