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Buttler calls for clarity in the laws following 'Mankad' dismissal
IPL 2019

Buttler calls for clarity in the laws following 'Mankad' dismissal

Jos Buttler has broken his silence after being 'Mankaded' recently in the Indian Premier League, calling for clarity in the laws of the game.

Buttler, representing Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, was run out for 69 by Kings XI Punjab spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

The method of dismissal, named after former India player Vinoo Mankad, is legal but is seen as against the spirit of the game, unless the batsman has been warned first.

The 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 outside the crease before taking the bails off.

"At the time, I was really disappointed with it. I didn't like the style of it," Buttler told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.

The hard-hitting batsman was also a victim of the unusual dismissal at the hands of Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake while playing for England at Edgbaston in 2014.

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"What was more disappointing is that suddenly over the next two games I found myself being really conscious of it and it is quite distracting," Buttler said.

"That is why it was nice to get some runs in the win and get back to thinking about batting and not worrying about how I back up at the non-striker's end."

"I think if you look at the footage, probably the wrong decision was made because at the time he was expected to release the ball I was in my crease," he added.

Buttler told ESPNcricinfo: "Of course, a 'Mankading' has to be in the laws of the game, because a batsman can't just run halfway down the pitch trying to get a headstart."

"But I do think, the way the law is written, there is a bit of a grey area in that saying 'when a bowler is expected to release the ball'. That is a bit of a wishy-washy statement."

Cricket's lawmakers MCC had backtracked on the 'Mankad' of Jos Buttler in an IPL match when they said the dismissal was "not within the spirit of the game".

They had earlier insisted that the rule regarding the 'Mankad' was ‘essential’ to avoid unrestrained backing-up.