New Delhi: Sri Lanka batting all-rounder Angelo Mathews on became the first cricketer to be dismissed ‘timed out’ in international cricket, during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh here at Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Following Shakib Al Hasan’s dismissal of Sadeera Samarawickrama at 41, Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka’s No.6 batter, prepared to enter the field. However, he encountered a delay as he faced issues with his helmet. It appeared that he may have inadvertently brought the wrong helmet and consequently requested a replacement.
This prompted Shakib and Bangladesh to appeal for a ‘time-out’ dismissal. After an animated chat with Mathews and the Bangladesh team, the on-field umpires declared the Sri Lankan batter ‘Timed Out’
As per MCC’s rules: “After the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batter, the incoming batter must, unless Time has been called, be ready to receive the ball, or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next ball within 3 minutes of the dismissal or retirement. If this requirement is not met, the incoming batter will be out, Timed out.”
Mathews called the actions of Shakib Al Hasan and the Bangladesh team “obviously disgraceful” after he was given a timed-out against Bangladesh.
“I had never seen a team or player stoop so low in his 15 years of playing international cricket. It was “unfortunate” his helmet strap broke in a match against Bangladesh because he doesn’t think “any other team would do that”, he added.