'The batsman should not be leaving the crease'

West Indies Under-19 prevailed against Zimbabwe Under-19 in controversial circumstances © International Cricket Council

“I didn’t watch the game. But I think Mankading should be looked at like any other dismissal. The batsman should not be leaving the crease before the ball is released. Simple. If he does he pays the price for it. Not the bowlers fault.” – Sanjay Manjrekar, one of the commentators at the World Cup, did not fully sympathise with Zimbabwe

“Was the bowler actually in his delivery stride in the first place? He just ran through and knocked the stumps over, I don’t think he was ever going to bowl the ball. I was surprised that the umpires called for it to be reviewed. I thought they may choose to say, ‘No, the ball has to be bowled and it’s not out.’ And the final thing was I thought it was too tight to call. I think the batsman should have got the benefit of the doubt once it went to the third umpire. I wasn’t convinced that it should have been actually given out.

“I don’t think Mankading should be a part of the game at all. I think if you are in the spirit of the game then why would you end up like this? There was two runs to win, you are playing and Under-19 World Cup, games are being beamed all around the world and to see that type of thing happen was very unsportsmanlike.

“Anyway the Zimbabwe player wasn’t looking like he was trying to get advantage. If he was out, he was only just out. And I think he may not have been out anyway. So it wasn’t as if he was a metre down the pitch. It didn’t look like he was trying to take advantage.” – New Zealand coach Bob Carter did not hold back in his criticism of West Indies

“The spirit of cricket says that you should give a warning to the batsman. But technically he is out if he left the crease. As a gentleman you should give a warning that’s what the spirit of cricket teaches you.

“It happened once in the 1987 World Cup too between West Indies and Pakistan when Abdul Qadir won us the match. Courtney Walsh was bowling the last over and he chose to give a warning [to Saleem Jaffer]. Pakistan will always remember Walsh for that gesture and the gentleman’s spirit he showed.

“For the Under-19 players this is the age and time to learn about the spirit of cricket. When it comes to the technical situation the batsman is out but the spirit of cricket teaches you to be fair and square.” – Pakistan’s manager Zakir Khan

“It’s not something I would have probably done but I think we have to leave all the emotion aside. Historically there’s been a bad connotation to mankading. The law has been adjusted and it is in the law books and people talk about the spirit of the game.

“Is sledging part of spirit of the game? A batsman at the non-striker’s end stealing a couple of yards – this didn’t happen here, it was just an inch or two, if so much – a batsman backing up a couple of feet down the track off the last ball to win a game, let’s say, in a World Cup, is that within the spirit of the game? So those are the questions we have to ask. If the law is there, that was within the law.” – Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop, who was in the commentary box during the controversial finish

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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