Rahul Mankad, the only surviving son of Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, has written an e-mail to the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, requesting the Indian board to stop using the term ‘Mankading’.
For the unversed, run-outs are affected by bowlers when the non-striker backs up too far is often termed as ‘Mankading’, although unofficially. F The term first came into existence after Vinoo Mankad ran out Bill Brown for backing up too far during India’s tour to Australia in 1948. Ever since then, former Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad has been unofficially associated with this form of dismissal, and this form is unofficially termed as ‘Mankading’.
Meanwhile, Vinoo Mankad’s son Rahul, who is a multiple Ranji Trophy winner with Mumbai in the 1970s and 80s, doesn’t want the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) to use the term ‘Mankading’ as he finds it disrespectful.
The official Twitter handle of the BCCI referred to a run-out as ‘Mankading’ during the women’s Under-19 semi-final match between Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The tweet didn’t go down well with Rahul Mankad, who decided to write an email to the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly requesting him to avoid using the term.
As per a report by Sportstar, Rahul Mankad wrote in an email: “I am writing this email with a request to please resolve the unwarranted and disrespectful situation that has appeared in a post on the BCCI website”. In the email, Rahul also marked secretary Jay Shah and chief executive officer Hemang Amin.
However, Rahul also revealed that he hasn’t received any apology or reaction from the Indian board. Not just this, the tweet mentioning the word ‘Mankading’ hasn’t been deleted yet.
“It is an overenthusiastic and ill-informed post and perhaps a misplaced attempt at humour, but the fact that it has not been taken off is a cause for concern, in my view. I urge you to take immediate action and remove the offensive post forthwith,” he had written further in the e-mail.
He had also requested the BCCI to use the term ‘RUN-OUT’ instead of ‘Mankading’, as it is labeled under the Laws of Cricket. He wrote:
“Vinoo Mankad was a great Indian cricketer, and his stature as a player and person is unquestionable, you will agree. I strongly believe that BCCI needs to come out and endorse the wrong associated with the eponymous dismissal and term it as it is rightly and under the Laws of Cricket labeled as “RUN OUT,”
“As you are aware, the ICC has dropped the unfortunate term referring to my father and have started calling it a Run Out. It is only right that BCCI of all the peak bodies ought to take lead and put this issue to bed, once and for all,”