Windies trigger Spirit of Cricket debate

South African Opener Dismissed Obstructing The Field In The U19 World Cup

Not for the first time, the West Indies' under-19 side have sparked a debate about the spirit of cricket after successfully appealing for obstructing the field.

Pillay, on 47, threw the ball to the Windies wicketkeeper after it had stopped close to the stumps following an inside-edge, leading the West Indies players to appeal. However, Windies U19 keeper who is also the captain, Emmanuel Stewart, let out a light appeal that brought the on-field umpires together before Pillay was adjudged out by the third umpire.

The on-field umpires were convinced and sent it upstairs where the third umpire Ranmore Martinez gave the decision in favour of the fielding team, in keeping in line with the ICC code of conduct.

However, according to ICC's rule of Law 37.4, obstructing the field in case of returning the ball to a fielder, "Either batsman is out Obstructing the field if, at any time while the ball is in play and, without the consent of a fielder, he/she uses the bat or any part of his/her person to return the ball to any fielder". The decision has been slammed by some of the greats of South Africa cricket like Herschelle Gibbs and current captain Faf du Plessis.

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South Africa coach Laurence Mahatlane was dignified when asked about Wednesday's dismissal, saying: "Our take is very simple: we play to the laws of the game and it's part of the laws". In the last under-19 World Cup, the Windies were heavily criticised for affecting a "Mankad" in a crucial encounter. The batsman is not trying to gain an unfair advantage. "The ball had stopped rolling & the player picked it up". "They need to convene now and change the law of the game", Jones told THE WEEK on the sidelines of a cricket clinic held at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground to announce the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia later this year. Some instances where a captain can step in and say, "well, I don't think that's a good call".

"The batsman is not trying to gain an unfair advantage". On reflection, I thought our appeal wasn't in the spirit of the game.

Ireland produced one of the upsets of the 2015 edition when they astonishingly chased down 305 to stun West Indies at Saxton Oval in Nelson.

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