The practice of “Mankading,” or running out a hitter at the non-end striker for backing up too far, is one of the hotly debated subjects in cricket leading up to the T20 World Cup. Jos Buttler, the captain of England, received a warning from Australia’s Mitchell Starc, who also seemed to advise him that although he may or may not contemplate doing so, he must remain within the crease.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins, a teammate of Starc’s, has said that the act seems to be in transition, changing from something that was previously thought to be against the rules of the game to something that is now a tactical choice for teams to use.

It’s a strange period because, in my opinion, it’s changing from being somewhat frowned upon to being seen as simply a runout. To sort of demonstrate that you can fire the gun if you want to, in my opinion, it’s just a reminder. Although I doubt every bowler will, Cummins warned reporters that batsmen should exercise caution.

Charlie Dean of England was run out by India’s Deepti Sharma this year just as Dean seemed to be giving the home team a chance by anchoring a last-wicket partnership in an exciting contest. The incident sent shockwaves through the cricket community worldwide. The run-out gave India the victory and many people, especially in the English cricket community, criticized Deepti for the action. At the same time, many people from across the globe, including former Indian players and specialists, praised her for her alertness.

Cummins said that he may never try a run out since it seemed like just too much effort for him to go through his complete build-up. “When I run in, I hardly ever notice them. It is simply too far to try to rush in, offer a warning, or run out, Josh Hazlewood may have stated recently. Energy is being wasted, he said.