The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is planning to remove the law around the non-striker run-outs. The process is commonly known as Mankading. Originally classified under Law 41 (unfair play), every instance of a run-out of a non-striker by the bowler has often led to a division of people.
However, MCC’s move is the last move to destigmatize the practice, it is now been moved to Law 38 (run out).
MCC’s statement on the law reframe
The MCC announced that it is important that they state the changes now as part of the club’s global commitment to the game, it provides a chance for the world to learn the new code ahead of the enforcement of the laws in October.
Apart from the run out rule, they have also banned the use of saliva, ruling that any application of it on the ball is considered illegal.
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Other changes suggested by the Marylebone Cricket Club
MCC Law 1 – Player Replacements
The introduction of this law explains that replacements are to be treated as if they were the players they replaced. It takes over any sanctions or dismissals that the player has done in that match.
MCC Law 18 – Batsmen returning when caught
When a batsman is out caught, the new batsman shall arrive in the end the striker was at. Attempting to cross the pitch while the ball is in the air will have zero impact on the game.
MCC Law 220.127.116.11 – Dead Ball
It will be a Dead ball if either side is not being able to play the ball due to a person, animal, or other objects within the field of play. This is a case of an extremely rare situation.
MCC Law 22.1 – Wide ball judging
The batsmen move a lot before bowling in the modern game. Therefore it is unfair to call a wide if the ball has passed through the batter’s initial position. The new law suggests that the ball will be under tracking and if found that it has passed through the batter’s initial position, it will not be considered as wide.
MCC Law 25.8 – Striker’s right to play the ball
The new law allows the striker to play the ball even if the ball lands away from the pitch. Usually, the umpire calls dead ball for such types of deliveries.
MCC Law 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair movement by the fielding side
Under the new law, any unfair movement by the fielder on the pitch that potentially cancels a perfectly good shot by the batter will be awarded 5 penalty runs.