MCC puts onus on batter after war of words over Dean 'Mankad' dismissal

Cricket - Women's One Day International Series - England v India - Lords, London, Britain - September 24, 2022 India players celebrate after winning the match as England's Charlie Dean looks dejected Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra/File Photo

NEW DELHI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Charlie Dean's controversial run-out on Saturday prompted heated debate about whether the dismissal was in the spirit of the game but the Marylebone Cricket Club has said the onus is on batters not to leave the crease at the non-striker's end too soon.

India bowler Deepti Sharma ran out England's Dean for the final wicket in a one-dayer at Lord's after the non-facing batter had stepped out of her crease, prompting jeers from the crowd. read more

The dismissal is legal but classed as 'Unfair Play' in the rule book, though that is to change from Oct. 1 when it is categorised simply as a run out.

"This was done to clarify this matter and to place an onus on batters to ensure that they do not leave the crease at the non-striker's end, prior to a bowler releasing the ball," MCC, the custodians of the game's laws, said in a statement on Sunday.

"Whilst yesterday was indeed an unusual end to an exciting match, it was properly officiated and should not be considered as anything more."

Several English players have criticised the dismissal but Sharma said they had warned Dean before effecting the dismissal named after India's Vinoo Mankad who did it in a 1947 test match in Australia.

"We had warned her, she left the crease early on several occasions," the spinner told reporters on her return from England where India swept the series 3-0.

"We even told the umpire. We were well within the rules."

England regular captain Heather Knight, who continues to recover from a hip surgery, contradicted Sharma's claims though.

"The game is over, Charlie was dismissed legitimately. India were deserved winners of the match and the series. But no warnings were given..." she tweeted on Monday.

"But if they're comfortable with the decision... India shouldn't feel the need to justify it by lying about warnings."

India captain Harmanpreet Singh has praised Sharma for showing match "awareness".

"I don't think we have done anything new. It is an ICC rule and you always take those chances," Kaur said after winning the series. "I will back my player because she has not done anything that is not part of the rule."

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Peter Rutherford and Christian Radnedge

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