Sports Desk – India’s legendary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is in the news before the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) begins.
Last IPL season, Ashwin was run out by Rajasthan Royals (RR vs KXIP) batsman Jos Buttler on 69 as a non-striker came out of the crease at the end.
The former Kings XI Punjab’s Mankad act divided the sporting fraternity. While some criticised Ashwin for doing something that was not within the spirit of the game, quite a few backed the off-spinner, saying Mankading is within the rules of the game.
Head coach Ricky Ponting said none of the Delhi Capitals bowlers will attempt Mankading during IPL 2020, which will be played from September 19 to November 10.
“I’ll be having a chat with him (Ashwin) about (mankad), that’s the first thing I’ll do,” onting said while speaking on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.
“Obviously, he wasn’t in our squad last year, he’s one of our players that we tried to bring in this year.
“Look, he’s a terrific bowler, and he’s done a great job in the IPL for a long period of time now, but I must admit watching that last season, as soon as it happened and he did that, I actually sat our boys down and said ‘Look, I know he’s done it, there’ll be others around the tournament who’ll think about doing this well but that’s not going to be the way that we play our cricket. We won’t be doing that’.”
The IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from 19 September. The tournament will be played at three venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, with the final slate on 10 November.