The cricket world has reacted to a bizarre passage of play in the Cameroon v Uganda match, which saw four 'Mankad' dismissals in a row.
Controversy erupted in the T20 Women's World Cup qualifier when Maeva Douma took matters into her own hands when Cameroon were struggling to break through Uganda's batting.
Douma decided to use the divisive method of dismissal, which involves stopping your bowling run-up to run out a batsman who has left the crease, to gain an edge.
At 1/153, Douma pretended to bowl before turning around and running out the non-striker.
Douma proceeded to use the dismissal three more times till the score of 5/186.
Fortunately for Douma, the batters took the dismissal with dignity.
However, the cricket world erupted after watching the highly-controversial method of dismissal used four times in one innings.
Many claimed the bowler should have granted a warning to the batters.
However, others pointed out the Uganda batters didn't learn their lesson and were backing up too far down the pitch.
ICYMI - Cameroon's Maeva Douma managed to Mankad FOUR batters in the same game in the World T20 qualifier against Uganda. 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈pic.twitter.com/Nq36njJG35
— Sixes and Wickets 🏏 (@SixesANDwickets) September 13, 2021
Now, I’m no fan of Mankading but I’d suggest that the third and fourth victims here should probably have been paying more attention. https://t.co/DERL4evtQJ
— Steve Madeley (@SteveMadeley78) September 12, 2021
Clearly in the delivery stride for at least 3 of those 4 - what is the umpire playing at?!?!? 🤔🤷♂️🤦🏻♂️
— Nick (@RoyalNavyHub) September 13, 2021
Generally can see both sides of the mankad debate (think the bowler offering an initial warning seems fair), but when a bowler does it four times in an innings, it's absolutely hilarious and the batsmen can have no complaints. https://t.co/0NAENi4f4o
— David Byrom (@DB1993) September 12, 2021
As long as there has been a warning to the team before first one - No issue with it - it’s in the rules as a dismissal method - batters fault ! However - 3 are nt out as the bowler is into delivery stride…
— Graeme Roberts (@G11Roberts) September 13, 2021
There’s no need for a warning and the bowler has until the point of letting go of the ball to be able to run out the non striker. It would appear all were legitimately run out!
— Dean Daniels (@DanielsDeanJ) September 13, 2021
It’s a poor way to win anything, but learning a lesson after the second might be the bigger lesson….
— Matt Cockbill (@MattCockbill) September 13, 2021
Backing-up half way down the pitch isn’t really in the spirit either though! My brother used that mode of dismissal all the time @david_blom35
— Johnblom87 (@Johnblom87) September 13, 2021
Mankad should not be a wicket..
Just penalty runs ..& a warning for unsporting behaviour for both the batsman- stealing ground …& the bowler for deliberately looking for the Mankad # @Over50sC https://t.co/xigoyQfxoe
— England Over 50s Cricket (@CountiesEngland) September 13, 2021
Thats terrible, disgraceful! They should have learnt if not from the 1st then the 2nd dismissal. Its height of carelessness. Though Uganda players should also utilize all the opportunities to mankad Cameroon players.
— TaHa Khan (@tahakhan_mtk) September 13, 2021
Unfortunately, the dismissals didn't help Cameroon.
Uganda posted a total of 190, before bowling Cameroon out for a measly total of 35.
Mankad dismissal controversy
The mankad dismissal has certainly divided over the years with many in the cricket community arguing it is against the spirit of the game.
Australian legend Ricky Ponting was coach of the Dehli Capitals when he told his players in no uncertain terms that he is not a fan of the mankad.
Mitchell Starc was also praised during an ODI against England last year when he opted not to dismiss Adil Rashid when he left his crease.
The issue has become increasingly divisive as cricket has heavily leaned towards a batsman's game over the last decade.
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