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Saif Ali Khan narrates Hindi Laws animations Published: 05 August 2014

Saif Ali Khan lends his vocals to the animations
Saif Ali Khan lends his vocals to the animations

MCC has released five new animations explaining some of cricket’s more intricate Laws, narrated in Urdu by former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja and in Hindi by Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan.

The dubbed videos, voiced in English by actor Stephen Fry, detail five Laws of the game including what happens if a batsman hits the ball twice or obstructs the field.

Another of the videos shows a player deliberately damaging the pitch and describes his potential punishment, and another shows how to run out a batsman if the wicket is already broken.

The final video shows what constitutes a batsman being out of his ground in a run out or stumping scenario.

Watch the animations in Urdu

Watch the animations in Hindi

Khan, son of legendary India captain Mansoor - better known as Tiger Pataudi - has starred in a number of Bollywood hits including Agent Vinod, Cocktail and 2014’s Humshakals.

His Grandfather Iftikhar Ali Khan played cricket for both England and India, also captaining the latter. Both held the official title of Nawab of Pataudi, a title abolished in 1971.

Raja, capped over 250 times by his country has since gone on to forge a successful career as a broadcaster with media outlets across the cricketing world.

Raja said: "I was delighted to be asked to narrate these excellent animations by MCC, and it was good fun to do.

"There are elements within cricket that might not be that easy to understand to someone just getting involved in it, so it’s great that MCC have put these films together.

"Cricket is huge in Pakistan and I hope my Urdu narration of MCC’s animations can help people understand and enjoy the game more than they already do."

MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: "To the uninitiated, the Laws of cricket can be hard to follow, which is why we continue to produce these animations.

"As the Guardians of the Laws and Spirit of the game, MCC believes it is vital to teach children and adults of all nationalities how to play the game hard but fair, and these animations are the perfect way to do that.

"Of course having such a recognisable voice as Ramiz Raja describing the Laws completes the package, and I’m sure they will prove very popular in Pakistan"


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