‘Felt like war, did what I had to’: Shakib al Hasan responds to Angelo Mathews ‘timed out’ controversy

Veteran Sri Lankan batter Angelo Mathews made it to the record books after becoming the first payer in international cricket to be adjudged ‘timed out’ in the match number 38 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. 

The rivalry between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka took an even more intense turn on Monday when Mathews was declared OUT without even facing a single ball by umpire Marais Erasmus. 

Under the rules of cricket, a batter needs to be ready to face the ball within two minutes of the last wicket. However, when Mathews came to the crease after the dismissal of Lankan batter Sadeera Samarawickrama in the 24th over of the match, the veteran batter realized he had a broken helmet and called for a replacement. 

The mix-up after the Samarawickrama wicket this point allowed Shakib to appeal for timed out. While Mathews could be seen appealing to Shakib to withdraw Bangladesh’s appeal showing his helmet, the BAN skipper refused to budge and instead pointed Mathews towards the direction of umpires.

Shakib says ‘felt like I was at war’: 

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan justified his decision saying, “I felt like I was at war. Whatever I had to do, I did it. There will be debates. Today that (the time out) helped, I won’t deny that. One of our fielders came to me and said, if you appeal, the law says he’s out because he hasn’t taken his guard within the time frame,”

“So, then I appealed to the umpires, umpire told me whether you’re going to call him back or not, if I said he’s out, then you call him back, it doesn’t look good. I said I won’t call him back. It was in the rules that a batsman has to come to the crease within that certain period of time and he wasn’t there at that time,” Shakib added.

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Updated: 07 Nov 2023, 07:32 AM IST

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