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Ashwin-Buttler controversy

Buttler's mankad 'not within the spirit of the game': MCC

Cricket's lawmakers MCC appeared to backtrack on the Ravichandran Ashwin’s 'Mankad' of Jos Buttler in an IPL match when they said the dismissal was "not within the spirit of the game".

Earlier, the MCC insisted that the rule regarding the 'Mankad' was ‘essential’ to avoid unrestrained backing-up.

England batsman Buttler, representing Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, was run out by Kings XI Punjab skipper Ashwin as he backed-up.

The method of dismissal, named after former India player Vinoo Mankad, is legal but is considered against the spirit of the game, unless the batsman has been persistently backing up and warned first.

On Wednesday, the MCC's manager of the Laws Fraser Stewart told British media in the UAE that they had reviewed their original statement.

"Having extensively reviewed the incident again and after further reflection we don't think it was within the spirit of the game," Stewart said.

"We believe the pause was too long between the time Ashwin reached the crease and the moment it was reasonable to expect the ball would be delivered.

"When Buttler could have reasonably expected the ball to be delivered, he was in his ground."

However, he added: "It is also unfair, and against the spirit of cricket, for non-strikers to leave their ground too early. All these debates wouldn't be necessary if non-strikers remained in their ground until the ball is on its way down the pitch."

Monday's incident was controversial as Buttler was still in his crease when Ashwin arrived, only for the bowler to pull out of his action and wait for him to step forward before taking off the bails.

While Ashwin stood by his decision, saying his act was "within the rules", legendary spinner Shane Warne, a member of the MCC World Cricket Committee, was not convinced.

The Australian called Ashwin's act "disgraceful and low".

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