Afghanistan wrist-spinner Noor Ahmad executed a controversial ‘Mankad’ in the all-important quarter-final against Pakistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup. Noor ran out Pakistan opener Muhammad Huraira while he was in his delivery stride as he whipped off the bails leaving the batsman at the non-striker’s end stranded marginally outside the crease.
Huraira’s wicket was a setback to Pakistan at that point in time of the chase but they were able to comfortably cruise to the target and progress to the semi-finals. Nevertheless, Noor’s decision to ‘Mankad’ the opposition batter has drawn polarized opinions on the matter.
One section of the cricketing fraternity has vehemently defended the mode of dismissal, pointing out that it is well within the rules and regulations of the game. Ian Bishop is one of those chief advocates who are supporting Noor’s actions.
Meanwhile, England veteran seamer James Anderson is among the notable personalities criticizing the run-out as the senior paceman has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to scrap the rule.