Rules tell you everything that you can or cannot do in sports, but there is stuff that goes beyond these directives. These are rules that you make for yourself - and they are basically what forms the 'spirit' of that sport.
In a reminder of the same, Nepal wicketkeeper Aasif Sheikh refused to run out Ireland's Andy McBrine after the latter was accidentally tripped by bowler Kamal Singh Airee.
Hopefully this moment will win “ @ICC Spirit of the Year” award for @CricketNep. @CricketBadge was spot on with his comments in the commentary box.— Abhishek Shekhawat (@abhi07cricket) February 14, 2022
A moment to cherish for @Sandeep25 . Well done #Cricket @cricketireland #OmanCricket @ICC @momocricket pic.twitter.com/FvqMTGnJO5
As Andy fell down, he looked at the ball which could have easily claimed his wicket. He then got up and ran towards his end, but was too late.
However, Aasif did not go for the dismissal, earning praise from the commentators and cricket fans alike.
Superb Sportsman's spirit 👍 https://t.co/bkwJb9dMQ7— Manmay Mishra (@ManmayMishra11) February 15, 2022
Truly one of the better moments that the Nepal Cricket Fans will be proud of.— Shreyash Kankal (@KankalShreyash) February 15, 2022
This defines the Brand of Cricket Nepal is looking to play under @Sandeep25 !@ICC @CricketNep#SpiritOfCricket https://t.co/0N1wMiNfUY
This is brilliant from Nepal wicket-keeper Aasif Sheikh - spirit of cricket moment. pic.twitter.com/704Q85B3gN— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 14, 2022
ICYMI: Nepal wicketkeeper Aasif Sheikh displayed some outstanding sportsmanship in a 16-run loss to Ireland... the 'spirit of cricket' is alive!👏🇳🇵 pic.twitter.com/D2E2a4wVMc— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) February 15, 2022
Brilliant sportsman spirit was shown by Aasif Sheikh, who chose not to run out Irish batter after the batter got collided (with Kamal Singh Airee) & slipped. pic.twitter.com/DiXG29Zolr— SAMRAAT MAHARJAN (@MaharjanSamraat) February 14, 2022
The incident happened during the Oman Quadrangular T20 Series and Ireland won the match by 9 runs. But there was more to the game than the victory and the loss.