A massive pre-tournament press conference featuring all 16 participating teams was held ahead of the start of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia on Saturday. The press conference was divided into two sections, with captains from Australia, Afghanistan, England, New Zealand, Namibia, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates arriving first. During the press conference, a journalist asked every captain if they would run out a non-striker before the delivery was bowled. The answer was simple and unsurprising.
The dismissal made headlines last month when it was used by India women’s all-rounder Deepti Sharma against England’s Charlotte Dean. It was the final wicket of England’s innings, which meant India had won the game and the ODI series 3-0. The cricket community was divided over the dismissal, with many believing it violated the “spirit of cricket,” even as the Marylebone Cricket Club moved the dismissal from the “Unfair Play” section to the “Run out” section.
During the press conference, each captain from the eight teams was asked to raise their hands if their bowlers would be comfortable doing something similar. Nobody did. On Friday, during the third T20I of the series between Australia and England, fast bowler Mitchell Starc warned Buttler about backing up too soon after bowling the delivery. During the T20I series last month, India’s Deepak Chahar warned South African batter Tristan Stubbs not to leave the crease before the delivery was bowled.
Following the game, Finch responded to the Starc-Buttler incident by saying that the dismissal would be fair if the batter was given a warning. “I believe that if guys get a warning, it’s fair game after that,” Finch said.
“I assume that would apply to most teams if you give a batter a warning because you believe they’re gaining a little too much ground before the ball is bowled.” But, personally, I’m not a fan.” The T20 World Cup kicks off on October 16 with a match between Sri Lanka and Namibia in Group A. Team India’s campaign at the marquee tournament kicks off on October 23 in Melbourne against archrivals Pakistan.