MCC makes dramatic U-turn on Ravi Ashwin’s ‘Mankad’ dismissal of Jos Buttler and blasts the Indian bowler

28 Mar

The MCC has slammed Ravi Ashwin’s controversial run-out of England star Jos Buttler, stating it was not ‘within the spirit of the game’.

Bowler Ashwin ran Buttler out during an Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals on Monday, removing the bails after he pulled out of a delivery as Buttler backed up.

Jos Buttler was at the centre of controversy in the IPL

The type of dismissal is known as a ‘Mankad’ after the former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad did it in a Test match against Australia 72 years ago.

Cricket’s law-making body had earlier directed more of the criticism towards Buttler than Ashwin, by saying he should’ve remained in his ground, but they appear to have made a dramatic U-turn on the incident.

The MCC’s laws manager Fraser Stewart has now looked again at the footage, and he told the Daily Telegraph: “Having extensively reviewed the incident again and after further reflection we don’t think it was within the spirit of the game.

“We believe the pause was too long between the time Ashwin reached the crease and the moment it was reasonable to expect the ball would be delivered.

“When Buttler could have reasonably expected the ball to be delivered, he was in his ground.

“It is also unfair, and against the Spirit of Cricket, for non-strikers to leave their ground too early. All these debates wouldn’t be necessary if non-strikers remained in their ground until the ball is on its way down the pitch.”

IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore live stream, TV channel and start time – CSK v RCB Indian Premier League cricket

8 May

IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore live stream, TV channel and start time - CSK v RCB Indian Premier League cricket

The 2018 Indian Premier League season is in full swing, and you can follow all the action across the talkSPORT network.

Today there are two fixtures, with Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore live on talkSPORT 2 while Sunrisers Hyderabad are also in action against Delhi Daredevils.

WHERE CAN I STREAM LIVE INIDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE COMMENTARY?

Every match of the 2018 IPL season is live on talkSPORT 2, and today you can listen to Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore live stream.

Coverage starts from 11:00, with Jon Norman and Don Topley bringing you full commentary from the opening ball at 11:30.

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE? 

The IPL is shown on TV in the UK, with Sky Sports Cricket broadcasting every match. Coverage starts today at 11:00.

UPCOMING IPL FIXTURES

Saturday, May 5: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Saturday, May 5: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils

Sunday, May 6: Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunday, May 6: Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2018 Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings live stream, TV channel and next fixtures – KKR v CSK Indian Premier League cricket

3 May

IPL 2018 CSK v DD: talkSPORT live streaming info - Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League cricket

The 2018 Indian Premier League season is in full swing, and you can follow all the action across the talkSPORT network.

Today, the only game is Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens.

WHERE CAN I STREAM LIVE INIDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE COMMENTARY?

Every match of the 2018 IPL season is live on talkSPORT 2, and today you can listen to Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings.

Coverage starts from 15:00, with Andrew McKenna, Neil Manthorp and Gareth Batty bringing you full commentary from the opening ball at 15:30.

WHERE CAN I WATCH THE INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE? 

The IPL is shown on TV in the UK, with Sky Sports Cricket broadcasting every match.  Coverage starts today at 15:00.

UPCOMING IPL FIXTURES

Friday, May 4: Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians

Saturday, May 5: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Saturday, May 5: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils

Sunday, May 6: Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunday, May 6: Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

Australia’s Steve Smith stands down as captain of Rajasthan Royals over ball-tampering scandal

26 Mar
Australia’s Steve Smith stands down as captain of Rajasthan Royals over ball-tampering scandal
Disgraced Australia captain Steve Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith has stood down as skipper of the Rajasthan Royals as the furore surrounding cricket’s latest ball-tampering row deepens.

Smith said he had taken the decision “in the best interest” of the Indian Premier League franchise ahead of the new season, which starts next week.

The 28-year-old’s future as leader of the national team is also under intense scrutiny as investigations continue into events during Australia’s third Test defeat against South Africa in Cape Town.

READ MORE: ‘It is a dark day for Australia’ – Former Test captain Kim Hughes calls for Steve Smith to be sacked after ball-tampering scandal

Smith has already been banned from the fourth Test, which begins on Friday, by the International Cricket Council after admitting trying to change the condition of the ball.

The scandal came to light on Saturday after Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera hiding sticky tape, which he had used to manipulate the ball with debris from the pitch, down his trousers.

Smith will be replaced as Royals captain by Ajinkya Rahane.

Royals head of cricket Zubin Bharucha said: “The incident in Cape Town has certainly disturbed the cricket world.

“Steve believes given the current circumstances, ‘It’s in the best interest of the Rajasthan Royals that he steps down as captain so the team can get ready for the start of the IPL without the ongoing distractions’.”

Co-owner Manoj Badale said: “Rajasthan Royals will do everything possible to protect the values and the integrity of the game.

“We agree with Steve’s decision to step down as captain, and we are fortunate to have such a capable successor with Ajinkya Rahane.

“It is important that all cricket fans retain a balanced perspective on the situation. What happened in South Africa was clearly wrong, especially given that it appears to have been premeditated.

“That said, this will be a difficult time for Steve as well, given how much he cares about the game.”

Cricket Australia (CA) is conducting an investigation “as a matter of urgency”.

Chief executive James Sutherland is due to arrive in South Africa on Tuesday, while head of integrity Iain Roy and Pat Howard, head of team performance, are also due to land in Cape Town.

Sutherland said: “We know Australians want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings and next steps, as a matter of urgency.”

The affair has reached a high level with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling on CA to take “decisive action”.

Questions are also being asked as to how long such malpractice has been going on and whether England might have suffered during last winter’s Ashes series.

Social media footage emerged on Sunday showing Bancroft appearing to put sugar in his pocket during a break in play on day two of the final Ashes Test in Sydney.

CA did not comment when asked if that incident and the series, which England lost 4-0, would be reviewed.

England bowler Stuart Broad, speaking on Sunday, said he had no reason to suspect Australia employed illegal tactics against them, but was struggling to work out why they have chosen to do so in South Africa.

CA also clarified that all of the Australia Test squad were currently in South Africa to help with the investigation after there had been reports that Smith had flown home.

A statement read: “Cricket Australia can confirm that all members of the touring Test squad currently remain in South Africa.

“At this stage, players will remain in South Africa to assist CA with inquiries.”