Timed Out — Angelo Mathews’ controversial dismissal against Bangladesh

Angelo Mathews had some issues with the helmet which he walked out to the middle with, and got a replacement alright, but he could not get ready to face the first ball within the stipulated time of two minutes

November 06, 2023 04:38 pm | Updated November 07, 2023 10:22 am IST - NEW DELHI

Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews tries to reason with umpires after he was timed out during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Match against Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, November 6, 2023

Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews tries to reason with umpires after he was timed out during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Match against Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, November 6, 2023 | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

Something strange happened on Monday afternoon. Something that hadn’t happened in international cricket before: a batter getting Timed Out.

Angelo Mathews failed to get ready to take strike within the stipulated time of two minutes after the fall of the fourth Sri Lankan wicket in the World Cup match against Bangladesh here on Monday. The veteran all-rounder had some issues with his helmet, which he got replaced, but the damage had been done.

Bangladesh won the match by three wickets. It was clear that no love was lost between the two sides; there were no handshakes.

Timed-Out batters
1. Andrew Jordaan - Eastern Province vs. Transvaal (couldn’t reach the ground due to flooded roads)
2. Hemulal Yadav - Tripura vs. Orissa (chatting with coach on the boundary edge)
3. Vasbert Drakes - Border vs. Free State (flight to the game was delayed)
4. A.J. Harris - Nottinghamshire vs. Durham UCCE (had a groin strain and took too long to walk out)
5. Ryan Austin - CCC vs. Windward Islands (failed to reach the crease in time)
6. Charles Kunje - Matabeleland vs. Mountaineers (no information known)
7. Angelo Mathews - Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka (helmet strap malfunctioned when taking guard)
Credit: bbc.com

Then the post-match press conferences seemed an extension of what happened on the field. Mathews was livid. Shakib was unapologetic.

“No regrets at all,” he said. “One of our fielders came to me and said, if you appeal, the law says he is out because he hasn’t taken his guard within the time frame. So then I appealed to the umpires; umpire told me whether you are going to call him back or not, if I said he is out, then you call him back, it doesn’t look good. I said I won’t call him back. We played the Under-19 together, World Cup. I know Angelo for a long, long time, since 2006. Yeah, unfortunate, but within the rules.”

Mathews said he had done nothing wrong. “I have two minutes to get to the crease and get myself ready, which I did,” he said. “And then it was an equipment malfunction. And I don’t know where the common sense went, because it’s obviously disgraceful from Shakib and Bangladesh; if they want to play cricket like that, stooping down to that level, I think there’s something wrong drastically… I still had five more seconds to go. And the umpires also have said to our coaches that they didn’t see my helmet breaking.”

Mathews added, “We have the video evidence where from the time the catch was taken, and then from the time I walked into the crease, I still had five seconds after breaking my helmet… I think the umpires also had a bigger job at the time, because they could have at least gone back and checked.

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