MS Dhoni will have to be careful with his bagful of tricks and deceptions    AFP
MS Dhoni will have to be careful with his bagful of tricks and deceptions AFP

ICC s new law 41.5 states: It is unfair for any fielder willfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball. The body has named it fake fielding law . Let s watch the following video to comprehend how it works.

Within 24 hours of its announcement, we witnessed a player falling victim. Queensland fielder Marnus Labuschagne was adjudged guilty by the umpire after he deceived the batsman.

If that is case, MS Dhoni will have to be careful with his bagful of tricks and deceptions, and in his defence came former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. He tweeted, Five penalty runs for ‘fake fielding’ is the most ridiculous law that’s been brought in, in recent times. Urge ICC to reconsider it.

Twitter s character-limit compelled him to add more posts. How about penalising batting side 5 runs when b man fakes a step out & does not? Does he not put the bowler off? Fake fielding law must go.

When a fellow Twitter user informed Manjrekar that it’s a Law brought in by the MCC and then included in playing conditions by the ICC , he defended stating, Cheating??? No it s called tricking. Like Dhoni pretending to collect a throw & lets it go to hit the stumps. Applaud it, not penalise.

Manjrekar, however, concluded by confessing that he has already written to the ICC, before he took to Twitter to express his concerns. Along with my little rant on twitter, have also written to the ICC to reconsider penalising fake fielding. It opens up a Pandora s box.