Brisbane: Queensland fielder Marnus Labuschagne became the first cricketer to be booked under the new changed rule by International Cricket Council (ICC). The cricketer breached the new regulations of ‘fake fielding’ due to which Queensland Bulls were penalised 5 runs for breaking the rules of the game, within 24 hours of its introduction globally.
The incident took place during a JLT One-Day Cup (domestic limited over’s tournament of Australia) match between Queensland Bulls and Cricket Australia XI. Labuschagne dived and tried to stop the ball hit by Cricket Australia XI batsman Param Uppal. However, after he could not stop the ball, he tried to fool the batsman by faking a throw.
According to the MCC’s new Law 41.5: “It is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball.”
The umpires have the discretion to award five penalty runs if they determine that such deception is wilful.
The MCC in its new law specifically stated that mock fielding, “where a fielder feigns to field the ball and/or feigns to throw a non-existent ball in an attempt to prevent the batsmen running” was regarded as unfair and was a target of this new law.
Here is how social media reacted against punishment for ‘fake ‘fielding’.
Absolutely unfair….Cricket lawmakers have lost it … Coming up with silly nonsensical rules that adds nothing to d game…
— Arun (@Armenon83) September 30, 2017
I saw the video. This rule is ridiculous.
Next thing – A rule that bowler can not bowl Dusara because it deceives the batsman!! 😜
— Rutvij (@rutvij76) September 30, 2017
if it was done in baseball they’d call it trick play,just takes out the element of surprise or doubt,buries Innovation,Unfair
— VadaPav Intellectual (@ShantanuVa) September 30, 2017