MCC takes steps to eradicate the stigma associated with non-striker run-outs

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has tried to reinterpret the law governing running out the non-striker while backing up – colloquially referred to as Mankading – and to permanently prohibit the use of saliva to shine the ball moving forward, among a number of other proposals.

Originally regarded as a violation of Law 41 (Unfair Play), each occurrence of a bowler running out a non-striker during his delivery stride has frequently resulted in a divided house. However, in a recent effort to de-stigmatize the practise even further, it has been relocated to Law 38. (Run out). The law’s text, on the other hand, remains unchanged.

The MCC has also proposed a permanent ban on the use of saliva, stating that any application to the ball is prohibited and equates to unfairly altering the ball’s state. The change is a complete reversal of the provision that was generally permitted until the epidemic caused a global lockdown in early 2020, resulting in the rewriting of interim playing conditions in the majority of versions of the game. At the time, it was believed that the saliva prohibition would be temporary.

Among other things, it is now up to the ICC and national bodies to adapt, endorse, or modify these adjustments. Generally, the majority of MCC suggestions are adopted without modification.

The changes will come into effect from October 1.