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Kartik incident - some clarifications

Kartik incident - some clarifications

In response to Murali Kartik's run out of Somerset's Alex Barrow in Taunton, clarifies some confusion around warnings, Laws and playing conditions.

Surrey bowler Kartik ran out Barrow while the batsman was backing-up at the nonstriker's end during an LV= County Championship match in Taunton - a dismissal often referred to as 'Mankading'.

As with similar incidents in the past, Barrow's wicket has proven an evocative one for both the spectators at the match and cricket fans around the world.

MCC's Laws Sub committee meets on Monday 3 September and will discuss this incident, along with others including the Steven Finn dead ball issue which took place in the England v South Africa Test at Headingley.

However, it is also important to clarify several points which emerged in Taunton prior to this meeting:

    a) it should be confirmed that Kartik has broken no Laws of the game. The run out Law (Law 38) can be read here, while Law 42.15 - Bowler attempting to run out nonstriker before delivery, deals specifically with run outs of this nature and can be read here.

    b) the Laws have never included a clause stating that a batsman must be warned before he can be run out backing-up. Some reports of the incident suggested that MCC removed this clause in the most recent update to the Laws (October 2010) but they are inaccurate. Kartik did warn Barrow about excessive backing-up before dismissing him in Taunton and this is a practice which has become widely accepted within the game - despite never being a part of the Laws of Cricket.

    c) there is a difference between the Laws of Cricket and the playing conditions for the LV= County Championship. Some have pointed out that, as Kartik had entered his delivery stride when he removed the bails, the Umpire should have signalled dead ball. This is correct under the Laws, which state that: "The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the nonstriker."

However, the wording of the ECB Playing Conditions is slightly different and states:

"The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker."

This subtle difference allows the bowler more scope to run out the batsman and should force the batsman to stay within his crease for a longer period. The change made by ECB in the wording from the Law to the playing conditions follows the ICC's Playing Conditions which took effect in October 2011.

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