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Debate over Zaman controversial run-out

New Delhi, Apr 5 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/5/2021 12:38:26 PM IST

 A ‘spirit of cricket’ debate has once again kickstarted after the controversial run-out

Fakhar Zaman was about to become only the second batsman after Rohit Sharma to score two double centuries in ODIs. He was batting on 192 and was Pakistan’s only hope to win the ODI against South Africa. But he was run-out in a controversial fashion by Quinton de Kock as Pakistan lost the game by 17 runs, Hindustan Times reported.

Zaman’s incredible innings was ended in the first ball of the final over as a direct hit from Aiden Markram from long-off caught him short of his crease. There is a huge debate about the dismissal as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock appeared to gesture that the throw from Markram might be going to the non-striker’s end.

Looking at this gesture, Zaman slowed down as he thought the throw would not be coming at his end, but Markram took him by surprise.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) then took to Twitter to explain the law, saying it is up to the umpire to decide whether the act of the fielder to distract the batter was willful or not.

“Law 41.5.1 states: “It is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball,” MCC tweeted.

South Africa white-ball captain Temba Bavuma had defended wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for his role in the controversial run-out.

Zaman had also said that Quinton de Kock did no mistake and it was only his fault that he was found short of the crease.

“The fault was mine as I was too busy looking out for Haris Rauf at the other end as I felt he’d started off a little late from his crease, so I thought he was in trouble. The rest is up to the match referee, but I don’t think it’s Quinton’s fault,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Zaman as saying.

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