The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), custodian of cricket rules and laws has stated to reframe the law relating to running out the non-striker while on a delivery the ball – generally known as ‘Mankading’. Until now, ‘Mankading’ was considered as an unfair type of dismissal but it has now been moved to Law 38, which concerns run-outs.
“Since the publication of the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket, the game has changed in numerous ways. The 2nd edition of that Code, published in 2019, was mostly clarification and minor amendments, but the 2022 Code makes some rather bigger changes, from the way we talk about cricket to the way it’s played,” Fraser Steward, the MCC Laws Manager, said.
The MCC law manager said statement, ” Law 41.16 ‘ running out the non-striker ‘ has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair Play) to Law 38 (Runout). The wording of the Law remains the same”.
MCC has also permanently ban the use of saliva to shine the cricket ball. “The new Laws will not permit the use of saliva on the ball, which also removes any grey areas of fielders eating sugary sweets to alter their saliva to apply to the ball. Using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair methods of changing the condition of the ball,” the statement released by MCC.
The laws formulated by MCC has to be followed by ICC and the other cricket boards without any failure or rejection or protest. MCC has made many other changes .
Laws 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair movement by the fielding side
Until now, any player of the fielding team who moved unfairly while delivery the ball, was punished with a ‘Dead ball’ . Given the action is both unfair and deliberate, it will now see the batting side awarded 5 Penalty runs
Law 18.104.22.168 – Dead ball
The new set sees several changes to the Dead ball Law, the most significant of which is the calling of Dead ball if either side is disadvantaged by a person, animal or other object within the field of play.