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Rules of ‘Mankading’ need clarity: Jos Buttler

first_imgJaipur: Jos Buttler believes his controversial dismissal in Rajasthan Royals’ first game of the IPL season was ‘probably the wrong decision’, adding that the current wording of the laws governing run-outs at the non-striker’s end are a bit ‘wishy-washy’, needing further clarification. “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,” Buttler told ESPNcricinfo.“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.” England batsman Buttler was ‘Mankaded’ by Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin at a crucial moment in the match that Rajasthan went on to lose. The manner of the dismissal created ripples across the cricketing fraternity and beyond, with many former greats of the game lambasting the Indian off-spinner for breaching the ‘spirit of the game’. Buttler said it set ‘a bad precedent at the start of the tournament’.“At the time I was really disappointed with it. I didn’t like the style of it. I just thought it was a bad precedent at the start of the tournament. For the tournament itself. It was a really disappointing way to start the tournament,” he said. The current wording of Law 41.16 states: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be run out”.In the case of Buttler’s dismissal, that key phrase ‘expected release’ was a major factor in his downfall. The MCC, which initially said it was not against the spirit of the game, later backtracked on its statement, saying the act was not right. “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,” Buttler said.“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,” he said. “It is so rare that you’re not normally thinking about it. I must be the only person to get out twice in that way. “It distracted me for the next couple of games which 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.”Since the incident, Buttler, who had made six half-centuries in his seven previous IPL innings prior to that, managed two single-figure scores against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. The 28-year old then returned to form with an innings of 59 from 43 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore, helping Royals script their first win of the season. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Miralem Pjanic became the most expensive Player in the History of BiH

first_imgThanks to the great matches played in the jersey of Juventus and the National team of BiH, Miralem Pjanic managed to get in the history of BH football once again and he became the most valuable BH football player of all times.To be exact, Pjanic became the first player from BiH whose value amounts to a total of 50 million EUR, according to Transfermarkt.This site, which is engaged in the market rating of football players from all over the world, estimated that the value of Miralem Pjanic was increased by 10 million EUR in comparison to the latest estimates, and that clubs now have to allocate 50 million EUR for his transfer.Therefore Pjanic became the most expensive player of BiH, at least according to Transfermarkt.Moreover, he also became the sixth most expensive player in Serie A, and only 5 players including Dybala, Icardi, Higuain, Insigne and Milinkovic-Savic are more expensive than him.On the other side, the value of Edin Dzeko was increased as well, and it is now by 4 million EUR higher in comparison to the last estimate from June 2017. However, this still represents a stagnation of price, because Dzeko recorded the largest price in February 2012, when his value was estimated at 32 million EUR.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Rangers legend Harold Davis dies aged 85

first_imgFormer Rangers player Harold Davis has died at the age of 85, the Ibrox club have announced.Right-half Davis played for Rangers from 1956 to 1964, winning four league titles, two League Cups, one Scottish Cup and a runners-up medal in the 1961 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Davis was a legend for the club 1center_img He later coached at Ibrox and went on to manage Queen of the South.Davis had returned to professional football with Rangers after leaving East Fife for his national service and spent two years recovering from gun wounds suffered during the Korean War.A club statement read: “Rangers Football Club is today extremely saddened to learn of the death of club legend Harold Davis.“A member of the Ibrox Hall of Fame, and fondly remembered by supporters of his time, Davis has sadly passed away at the age of 85.“Everyone at Rangers passes on their sincere condolences to Harold’s family at this difficult time.”last_img read more

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