‘It shouldn’t be the word Mankad’

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The chief executive of the Australian Cricketers’ Association has called for the word ‘mankad’ to be removed from the language of the game, saying players have a vital role to play in removing the stigma surrounding dismissals.

Todd Greenberg told SEN Radio during the Sydney Test, “I don’t think it’s a debate, I think it’s very black and white, it shouldn’t be a mankad word.” “I agree that the players have a role in eliminating that word, it is run out at the non-striker’s end.

“In a game where centimetres, even millimeters, make a difference, if the onus and onus is on the bowler to stay behind the line at the point of delivery then the onus and onus is on the batsman to do so should.”

Greenberg said it was important for players in professional sports to lead so that those involved at lower levels and up-and-coming youth can see them setting an example.

“Players have a huge opportunity to change the language and tone,” he said. “And it relates directly to through participation because it’s not just an issue at elite level, it will be an issue in the Under-12s game on Saturday and it will put parents and volunteers under enormous pressure if they Don’t see what is happening at the elite level. Kids at that level just replicate what happens on the field.”

Following Zampa’s run out attempt, there appeared to be a split in the Melbourne Stars team with coach David Hussey saying this was not the way to play the game, but Zampa largely stood by his actions. Greenberg acknowledged that getting all the players and people involved in the game on the same page at a senior level will be a challenge.

“Sometimes we have to have tough talks and sometimes you have to stop the players and say it’s better for the game,” he added. “I would say to all players, former players and coaches, if you stay behind the line you are not going to have this conversation.”

The MCC has attempted to move the stigma attached to the dismissal from foul play to run out in the Laws of the Game. There remains some debate about whether the wording of the law is clear enough, particularly around the element of the bowlers’ point of release, which was important in the recent Zampa instance.

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