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Ponting wants penalty: Ashwin

Former Australian batsman reportedly in talks with the International Cricket Council for docking 10 runs if a batsman is found outside his crease when the bowler is in his delivery stride
Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin
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Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 08.10.20, 02:14 AM

Ravichandran Ashwin has floated the idea of penalising the batting team once a batsman is found backing up too far at the non-striker’s end.

The Delhi Capitals spinner during a show on his YouTube channel has also disclosed that Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for docking 10 runs if a batsman is found outside his crease when the bowler is in his delivery stride.

Ashwin sparked a debate by not running out non-striker Aaron Finch during the Delhi Capitals-Royal Challengers Bangalore game on Monday.

“When we played (against RCB), one side of the ground was big… I knew someone would back up because scoring boundaries was not that easy. They had guys who could convert twos. So I knew it would happen.

“I went into my jump while delivering the ball and a gold helmet floated past. I stopped and thought, he was still outside the crease, just staring,” said Ashwin on Wednesday.

“He has been a good friend since we played together for KXIP. So I let it slide as a final warning. Punishment should be severe, dock 10 runs for backing up. Nobody will do that. Getting batsmen like this is not a skill. But no options for the bowler either,” he remarked.

“...I tagged Ponting in the tweet. He said he would have asked me to run him out. He said ‘a wrong is a wrong’. He’s talking to the ICC committee about a penalty. He is really trying hard to keep his promise,” Ashwin revealed.

Ponting is part of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)’s world cricket committee but isn’t a member of the ICC’s cricket committee, which is headed by Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble.

The MCC is the custodian of the laws of the game.



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