England pair provide non-striker run out take despite MCC statement


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In spite of an MCC statement reaffirming a non-striker run out is within the laws of the game, experienced England duo Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali have claimed they would not effect a dismissal should the situation arise.

The discourse of non-striker run outs by the bowler has not slowed down in the aftermath of the third women's ODI played out last week, with the match ended by Deepti Sharma running out Charlie Dean who had backed up out of her ground.

The dismissal is currently listed in the MCC's 'Unfair Play' section of the laws (41.16.1), where the non-striker is to be adjudged run out "if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is put down by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler’s hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered."

The section in the laws is to be moved to the 'Run Out' section from October 1, when an update to the ICC Playing Conditions comes into effect.

As the "guardian of the laws of the game" the MCC recently re-iterated its position after the dismissal which handed India a narrow 16-run win.

"Whilst (the dismissal) was indeed an unusual end to an exciting match, it was properly officiated and should not be considered as anything more," the statement from the MCC read.

"Where one person sees the bowler as breaching the Spirit in such examples, another will point at the non-striker gaining an unfair advantage by leaving their ground early.

"The Law is clear, as it needs to be for all umpires to be able to easily interpret throughout all levels of the game and at all moments in the game."

But two leading English men's players have spoken up on the issue, with Buttler indicating he would instruct an opposing batter to return, should they fall to the dismissal.

"No, I am calling the batsman back," Buttler told TalkSPORT.

"No one wants to see them in the game because they always create such a talking point when it should be about the battle between bat and ball and watching great games of cricket. They always seem to happen at unsavoury times."

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Moeen, the man leading England in their current T20I series against Pakistan as Buttler nurses an injury, holds a similar view.

“No, it's not my thing,” Moeen told The Telegraph.

“I don't think I'll ever do it unless I was really angry with someone. It's in the laws and there's nothing illegal so people that do it have the right, but I just hope it doesn't become a common thing, or something that's regularly done.

“You’re not really working to get a wicket. At least with a run-out, there’s a bit of work that has to be done, and with all the other dismissals. This is just waiting for the guy and taking the bails off. Even when I played cricket as a kid in the garden, it’s not my thing to do."


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