Australian T20 star Adam Zampa has revealed he has only one regret over his controversial Mankad attempt in a BBL clash as he received backing from cricket legend Brian Lara.
Zampa, the Melbourne Stars captain, caused a stir in the final over of the Melbourne Renegades innings on Tuesday night when he attempted to run out Renegades paceman Tom Rogers for backing up too far at the non-striker’s end.
The decision was sent upstairs to the third umpire who ruled it to be not out as Zampa had completed his bowling action prior to whipping off the bails, and Stars coach David Hussey said the team had been ready to withdraw the appeal had the third umpire ruled it out.
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However, Zampa struck a different tone when addressing the incident on Wednesday.
“Potentially. I don’t regret doing it, I guess I’m a Mankadder now,” he told Fox Cricket when asked if he’d do it again.
“Gerard Abood (the umpire) straight away said, ‘I think you’ve got your technique wrong here mate and it’s going to be not out anyway’.
“I have a regret of maybe putting my finger up as soon as I did it and giving it out straight away. I don’t know what the answer is with the Mankad; I made the decision at the time because I felt that Tom Rogers was gaining an advantage the ball before.
“I felt like I’d bowled a good enough ball to be bowling to the tailender but the batsman got back on strike, hence why I did it. Would I do it differently I don’t know, I’m a really competitive guy.”
Zampa was backed by West Indies icon Brian Lara, who compared the act to when pitchers in baseball catch out runners who attempt to steal bases.
“You’re telling the bowler that if he goes across the line by a centimetre, right, that’s illegal. But you’re allowed to go down the track three or four yards and take that advantage?” he said.
“I say Adam, run him out, that’s what I think. It’s got to be stamped out of the game, these players have to understand that they’ve got to stay in their crease, and I don’t see any great advantage.
“In baseball the pitcher turns around and he looks at the guys who are on the different bases and they can’t move too quickly because if he catches them out, he turns around and he sends it to the catcher and they’re out.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
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