To Mankad or Not.

There's a fine line between the 'Spirit of Cricket' and 'Winning at All Costs'. It's been tested in the past with Chappell's underarm ball, Broad's refusal to walk after gloving to slip and, more recently, the U19 West Indies' mankad dismissal in the final over of their World Cup game vs Zimbabwe.

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When sport is being played at the elite level, and in this case at a young age, you're going to get athletes who are desperate to win. Desperate to make an impression. These aren't saints & angels. They're (young) professional athletes experiencing emotions throughout the game, with the world watching their every move. Trying to find that edge over their opponents. To 'Win at All Costs'.


The 'Spirit of Cricket' is not something you sign up for. You can't expect it from every cricketer, otherwise you'll be continuously disappointed. Applaud when it's demonstrated. Don't be surprised when it's exploited. There will be players who push the boundaries. Umpires and disciplinary committees are in place to judge when a line is crossed. After all, would you rather win the FairPlay award or the Championship?

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