South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has rubbished the idea of bowlers giving non-strikers a warning before running them out if they try to back up too much.
Journalist Peter Della Penna has been quite active on Twitter ever since England players and media questioned Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma for not maintaining the ‘spirit of cricket’ for running out Charlie Dean at the non-striker’s end.
Penna was at it again when he posted screenshots of how Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa backed up significantly in the opening game of the T20 World Cup against Namibia. Here’s what he tweeted:
Tabraiz Shamsi saw this tweet and indirectly gave a warning to the batters that he won’t let them take advantage by leaving the non-striker’s crease too early. Here’s what he wrote in his quote tweet:
“People always say there should atleast be a friendly warning given first right? Are we allowed to publicly give a friendly warning at once to ALL the batters in the world who leave their crease early with 1 tweet? Just to avoid the drama that follows after a runout like that.”
Tabraiz Shamsi had similar views when asked about the Deepti-Dean saga
In a press conference earlier, Tabraiz Shamsi had given a similar opinion when he was asked what he felt on the whole ‘spirit of cricket’ debate that commenced after Deepti ran out Dean.
The spinner believes if bowlers need to keep their front foot behind the pop-in crease to avoid a no-ball, the batters should also not back up to avoid a run out. He said:
“My views has been quite public. If bowlers have to keep their foot behind the line, batsmen should do the same as well. Rules are there and I don’t see any controversy in it. Both sides should play fair.”
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