Amongst all the topics that have been circulating before the 2020 Indian Premier League season kick-off in the United Arab Emirates, the inevitable subject of Mankading has been debated numerous times in the country’s cricket fandom. Now, SunRisers Hyderabad run machine Kane Williamson reveals his stance, saying that neither he nor his team encourages that kind of gesture.
The controversial ‘Mankad’ dismissal happened between Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Buttler during a Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals game last season. Following the incident, there have been mixed opinions forming around regarding if Mankading counters the spirit of the ‘gentleman’s game’.
Ashwin, who will be starring for Delhi Capitals this time, himself has been vocally in favour of Mankading, claiming that the style of dismissal is not breaking any rules, and also stated that the incident was ‘blown out of proportion’.
Something like that does not fit with us: Kane Williamson disapproves Mankading
Speaking in an interview to The Week, SRH batsman Kane Williamson opens up about Mankading, and clarified that its something that he is not supportive towards.
“No, I certainly do not encourage it. That is not something that we look to do at all as a team. As I said, we have behaviours that are important to us as a group, and something like that does not fit with us, so that is my stance.”
The New Zealand skipper further stated that such behaviours are to be discouraged.
“However, if someone is looking to cheat, I think it would be worth having a quiet word with him and make sure the rules and spirit of the game are upheld. As ambassadors of the game, I think it is really important to stay within those lines,” Williamson added.
Kane Williamson terms the bio-bubble as a challenge for the players
As per the new SOP prepared by BCCI, all players, coaches and staffs of the teams have to remain within their own bio-bubbles. Speaking about his experience and looking forward to remaining within the bio-bubble throughout the tournament, Williamson emphasised on the importance of players to socialise and stay fresh during isolation.
“It will be a challenge,” the 30-year-old went on, “It is important for players to get out of their rooms and socialize. In India, there are whole travelling days. Here, it is about one-and-a-half hours by road.”
“It will be important to come up with activities and options for players to get enjoyment on off days and to keep them fresh. It is a long time to be isolated,” Williamson concluded.
SunRisers Hyderabad will play their first match of IPL 2020 against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 21st September at the Dubai International Stadium.