Cricket greats insist Buttler only had himself to blame for `Mankad` dismissal

Johannesburg: Some of cricket legends have reportedly insisted that England`s Jos Buttler had only himself to blame for his ` Mankad` dismissal against Sri Lanka.

Buttler was dismissed by bowler Sachithra Senanayake while backing the striker during Sri Lanka`s 3-2 series win against England in the fifth and final ODI at Edgbaston.

However, the world cricket committee of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), whose chairman is former England captain Mike Brearley and whose members include Australia greats Rodney Marsh and Steve Waugh, as well as India`s Rahul Dravid and Pakistan`s Majid Khan, insisted that Buttler, not Senanayake, was at fault, Sport24 reported.

MCC issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the unanimous view of the committee was that if the non-striker is out of his ground earlier than allowed in either the Laws of Cricket or the International Playing Conditions, then he can have no complaints should he be dismissed in this manner.

MCC further stated that the committee believes it was not against the Spirit of Cricket to uphold such an appeal and urged batsmen to ensure that they do not try to gain an unfair advantage by moving out of their crease before the appropriate time.

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