Mankading dismissal in Under-19 World Cup sparks huge debate

The fourth quarter-final of the Under-19 World Cup between Pakistan and Afghanistan was a smooth affair for the former as they cruised to a six-wicket win at Willomoore Park, Benoni. Opener Mohammad Huraira top-scored for Pakistan with his knock of 64. However, it was the mode of his dismissal which divided the cricket world.

Afghan bowler Noor Ahmed, seeing Huraira leaving his crease prematurely, effected a run out at the bowler’s end, known in cricketing vocabulary as ‘Mankading’. Huraira was not pleased with the dismissal and walked back to the pavilion with disgust. Soon, the social media poured down on the incident and the cricketing world was abuzz with their stand on the mode of dismissal.

The opinions

England fast bowler James Anderson disagreed with ‘Mankading’ and appealed to ICC for outlawing it. He also engaged in banter with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner had similarly dismissed England’s Jos Buttler in the IPL 2019.

India’s former cricketer Mohammad Kaif did not like the prospect of effecting such a dismissal. However, Aakash Chopra did not agree with him.

New Zealand all-rounder and much-loved cricketer for his quirky tweets, James Neesham also disliked the idea of ‘Mankading’.

In the end, the batsman himself acknowledged his mistake and stated that he will learn from his mistake.

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