The culture of English cricket is but one concept of morality – no person, and certainly no country, has a monopoly on virtue
So let’s talk about Nepal v Ireland in the Oman Quadrangular Twenty20 series last year. Ireland are 114 for eight in the 19th over when the ball is hit towards mid-on. The Oman bowler Kamal Singh lunges at it in his follow-through. At the same time the Ireland non-striker, Andy McBrine, tries to scamper through for a single. The pair collide. McBrine falls over. Singh keeps his balance, and tosses the ball to the wicketkeeper Aasif Sheikh, with the batter still sprawled on the turf, miles out of his ground.
The laws of cricket have nothing to say on situations such as this. Neither player is deliberately obstructing the other; neither player can avoid the collision without giving up a significant sporting advantage. Sheikh is perfectly at liberty to complete the run-out. But he does not. He holds on to the ball and lets McBrine complete the single, an act of sporting goodwill that will later earn him the International Cricket Council’s Spirit of Cricket award.
Written by Jonathan Liew
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jul/03/cricket-ashes-england-australia-jonny-bairstow under the title “Our shared values deserve better than a pointless term like ‘spirit of cricket’ | Jonathan Liew”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.