Don’t invoke spirit of cricket in run-outs at non-striker’s finish: ICC match referee Srinath backs bowlers


New Delhi, September 1

If a batsman on the non-striker’s finish is leaving the crease earlier than the bowler has launched the ball, he’s not following the spirit of the sport and mustn’t search empathy if he’s run out, reckons ICC match referee and former India pacer Javagal Srinath.

India off-spinner R Ashwin courted controversy when he ran out Jos Buttler throughout final yr’s IPL because the England batsman backed up too far. The act triggered the age-old debate on the bowler’s conduct in such dismissals.

Srinath doesn’t really feel that the bowler is mistaken if he runs out a batsman on this vogue.

“The bowler is focusing on the batsman. For the batsman (at the non-striker’s end) to stick to his crease till the ball is released is no big deal, because he’s not batting, nor is he thinking of anything else,” Srinath informed Ashwin on his Youtube present ‘DRS With Ash’.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting feels that the bowler violates the spirit of the sport by this dismissal and he wouldn’t enable Ashwin to do it.

Ashwin, who captained Kings XI Punjab final yr, will play for Delhi Capitals on this yr’s IPL, scheduled to be held in UAE from September 19.

“So the batsman shouldn’t leave the crease and the bowler should focus on just bowling and the batsman he’s going to bowl to. If the batsman is taking undue advantage, and if he’s involved in a run out, I am fine. I am perfectly okay with that,” stated Srinath.

India’s former tempo mainstay stated the foundations said that the onus was on the batsman to remain contained in the crease until the ball has been launched.

“Don’t look for any empathy. Don’t invoke the spirit of the game. The spirit of the game is with the runner. He cannot move out of the crease. If he is doing it, he’s not invoking the spirit of the game itself. I would believe that the batsman should stick to the crease.”         

The former bowler stated if the runner was leaving the crease he was taking undue benefit and it may have an effect on the result of an in depth recreation in an unfair method.

“Even if the batsman has inadvertently left the crease, and it occurs to be the final ball of the match the place there is a run-out (probability) with the batsman in by an inch, however he has already taken three foot ahead earlier than the ball has been delivered, the result’s unfair.

“One of the teams will probably pay for it. I would like to see a balance here.”

Srinath stated he would need the batsman to remain, be extra cautious. Look into the arm of the bowler and let himself go solely after the ball was launched.

“It cannot be that he’s gaining four to five feet advantage every ball. In T20, every ball matters. How many games go to the last ball?” he requested.

Ashwin has backed his determination and in addition discovered help from Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal. PTI



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