Muttiah Muralitharan said Jos Buttler was "pushing the line" in backing up too far even after the warnings issued earlier. © Getty Images

Muttiah Muralitharan said Jos Buttler was "pushing the line" in backing up too far even after the warnings issued earlier. © Getty Images

Mutthiah Muralitharan, the former Sri Lanka spinner, backed Sachithra Senanayake in the ‘Mankading’ controversy that erupted during the fifth One-Day International between England and Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler at the non-striker’s end after the batsman had backed up too far despite being warned not to do so.

Muralitharan, Test cricket’s highest wicket-taker, told Cricket Australia’s website on Friday (June 6) that Buttler was “pushing the line” in backing up too far even after the warnings issued earlier.

“According to the laws, you can take him out,” said Muralitharan. “If they (England) think the law is unfair, then they would have to try to change the law. (If not), they should allow the law to take its course.”

The International Cricket Council’s rule 42.11 states that: “The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker.”

Muralitharan, who is also Buttler’s teammate at the Melbourne Renegades, said the law had been applied correctly in this instance.

Earlier, Shane Warne had also expressed similar views, tweeting that if batsmen were “stealing” twos, by leaving their crease early and had been warned, there was no problem with Mankading them.

 

The Mankading dominated headlines in a match that Sri Lanka won by six wickets to seal the five-match series 3-2.