Afghanistan’s Noor Ahmed stirred a controversy during the recent ICC U19 World Cup 2020 quarter-final game against Pakistan on Friday when he ‘Mankaded’ opener Muhammad Huraira.
Chasing 190 to make it to the semi-finals, Huraira was going strong and was taking his side close to victory when Ahmed used his presence if mind and removed the bails with the batsman out of his crease. The incident took place in the 28th over of the match.
The on-field umpires asked the bowler to remain calm after he made a vociferous appeal. The on-field umpires finally sent it upstairs and the TV umpires declared him out after the replay showed Huraira being outside the return crease.
However, the dismissal did not hurt Pakistan U19’s run-chase as they gunned down the target with 53 balls to spare and won the semifinal by six wickets. They will now face arch-rivals India U19 in the knockout on February 4, which will mark the ninth instance of the the two teams coming face to face in the Under 19 World Cup.
The two teams have combined to win the ICC Under19 World Cup six times, with India being crowned champions four times – 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2018, and Pakistan emerging triumphant in back-to-back editions in 2004 and 2006.
India and Pakistan have faced each other eight times in the past with the score tied at 4-4. Pakistan famously beat India in the final of the 2006 edition, whereas two years ago, the Prithvi Shaw-led unit defeated the arch-rivals in the semifinals in New Zealand.
Here is the video of what transpired:
Mankading may be a very rare form of dismissal, but it is not uncommon. England’s Jos Buttler has twice been Mankaded in recent years – first by Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake in an ODI in 2014 and then by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 while he batting for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab.