Angelo Mathews has questioned the spirit of cricket after becoming the first player in international cricket to be given a ‘time out’. It happened during the World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on November 6 in New Delhi.
This incident escalated tensions, as Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis and his team engaged in a heated exchange with the Bangladeshi players, later choosing not to participate in the customary post-match handshake.
“You have to respect people who respect us. I mean we are all ambassadors of this beautiful game, including the umpires. So, if you don’t respect it, and if you don’t use common sense,” Mathews said while defending his team’s refusal to shake hands with Bangladeshi cricketers. “What more can you ask for?”
Shakib later said Mathews asked him if he would withdraw the appeal. “I said, ‘You know, I understand your position.’ “It was unfortunate, but I didn’t want that,” Shakib was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
What about the base?
“After the fall of the wicket or the withdrawal of a batsman, the next batsman must, unless time is called, be ready to receive the ball, or another batsman must be ready to receive the next ball within 3 minutes of dismissal or retirement. If this requirement is not met, The next batter will time out,” Wisden quoted the time-out rule as saying.
It’s important to note that it’s not just about being on the field. The batter must be ready to receive the ball within the time limit.
Sri Lanka said they had video evidence to support their claim that Matthews was at his crease on time, challenging the decision by highlighting that the helmet issue arose during the final seconds of the permitted two-minute interval.
Matthews expressed disbelief at fourth umpire Adrian Holdstock’s statement that the batter was not ready before the belt was broken.
“It’s laughable,” Matthews said.
(with AP input)
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Updated: 07 November 2023, 07:36 AM IST