The first player to be penalized under the Fake Fielding law was Marnus Labuschagne of Queensland. The regulation was recently incorporated into the playing conditions by the ICC. During the JLT Cup, Marnus was attempting to intercept a batting drive, while he was fielding at cover. As he dived, the ball went past him, and yet, he stood up and mocked as if he was throwing the ball back into the pitch. Uppal, who was batting, actually stopped midway across his stride and hesitated to complete the run. But, in the end, he did finish the running between the wickets.
With this action, CA XI ended up getting 5 runs because Law 41.5 had been violated that condemns deliberate distraction and obstruction or deception of the batsman. On the whole, the stipulator felt that this action is not in the spirit of cricket. Questions are, nevertheless, raised if the mock fielding is as serious a penalty as ball-tampering, for the victimized team to be awarded as much as five runs.
Introduction of the fake fielding law
As cricket progressed, fielders would deliberately mock an action to confuse the batsman, so that runs are not taken. This means the batsman is ideally fooled that a ball is coming towards his direction. A second run, for example, would be arrested due to the feigned throw. The law had to be introduced one point, simply because fielders began using the fake throw regularly in the game to stop runs. Therefore, umpires were given liberty to offer 5 runs, to the opposing team that was a sufferer of such an action.
What Marnus Labuschagne did, was a breach of law. While he did miss the ball, which was non-erroneous, he had faked a throw, resulting in the batsman’s uncertainty. Even though, in this case, the run was completed, the action was still against the regulation.
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