Afghan bowler spoils spirit of the game, dismisses Huraira by mankad

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Benoni: Afghanistan young spinner Noor Ahmad has been in the news for all the bad reasons as he pulled out a Mankad dismissal during the quarterfinal match against Pakistan in the ongoing ICC U19 World Cup.

The incident took place in the 28th over on the fourth delivery of the over, Mohammad Huraira who was batting at 64 had just left the crease when Noor was about to deliver the ball. He then decided to take the bails off. The umpire decided to send it to the third umpire on which he declared Huraira out.

Noor was criticized heavily by the commentators and also the fans on different social media platforms as is this the right way to dismiss the batsman and also doing this kind of stuff at this level of cricket.

This was not for the first time the dismissal took place in a U19 World Cup but in 2016. West Indies Keemo Paul decided to mankad Richard Ngarava when Zimbabwe needed only three runs to win with a wicket remaining.

According to ICC Rule 41.161, if a non-striker player is out of the crease, the bowler may dismiss him, but the players refrain from taking such action to maintain the game spirit.

However, the dismissal of Huraira does not bother the Pakistani batsmen as Qasim Akram and Mohammad Haris made an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 63 runs to ensure Pakistan chase down the target of 190

It must be noted that Pakistan U19 defeated Afghanistan where debutant Huraira was the player of the match for his 86 balls 64. Pakistani bowling attack also dominated and restricted Afghanistan for 189 runs.

Mohammad Amir Khan was the highest wicket-taker with three wickets while Fahad Munir bagged two wickets for 29 runs. Tahir Hussain, Abbas Afridi, Aamir Ali, and Qasim Akram shared a wicket apiece.

Pakistan will now lock horns with arch-rivals India in the first semi-final of the event on February 4.

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