According to Kumar Sangakkara, a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s World Cricket Committee (WCC), bowlers should not be regarded as villains when they run out a non-striker before bowling the delivery. He believed that when batters choose to leave their crease early at the non-end, striker’s they are taking a chance.
Cricket players and experts have long criticised the run-out at the non-end striker’s method of dismissal. In the cricketing community, some people have supported it and others have opposed it. Every time there has been such a dismissal method, there has been discussion regarding the Cricket Spirit.
Following a run-out at the non-end, striker’s the WCC recently convened in Dubai, where they unanimously urged restraint in the Spirit of Cricket debate. In a press statement, WCC member Kumar Sangakkara stated:
“The bowler is not the villain here. Every batter has a choice; to stay in their ground, or risk being given out if they try to steal ground. If they choose the latter, they are the ones who are breaking the Law.”
MCC World Cricket committee has unanimously called for calm in regards to the act of non-strikers leaving their ground early.#CricketTwitter
— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) February 23, 2023
“Batters must not steal ground if they do not wish to be given out in this manner” – Mike Gatting
The meeting of the WCC in Dubai was presided over by Mike Gatting. Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara aren’t the only WCC members; the organisation also includes Jamie Cox, Suzie Bates, Clare Connor, Sir Alastair Cook, Kumar Dharamsena, Sourav Ganguly, Justin Langer, Ramiz Raja, Graeme Smith, and Ricky Skeritt.
Chairman Michael Gatting explained the committee’s position on the run-out at the non-end. striker’s:
“Our stance on this is simple – batters must not steal ground if they do not wish to be given out in this manner. Nor should they be expecting to be given a warning if they do.”
Getting finished by claiming that there will never be a danger of a run-out at the non-end strikers if the non-strikers leave the crease moment the ball is released from the bowler’s hands.
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