The former cricketer slams Bangladesh’s sportsmanship on their dismissal of the Sri Lankan Player Angelo Mathews.
Ex-cricketers on Mathews’ time-out dismissal
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play in the 38th World Cup match against Bangladesh in Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. During the first innings of the match, the all-rounder Angelo Mathews was sent out on a time-out due to his broken helmet strap.
According to the ICC rules for the World Cup, the incoming batter should be ready to bat within two minutes of a dismissal or a batter retiring. He was preparing to take strike after the dismissal of Sadeera Samarawickrama when his helmet strap broke.
He took more than two minutes to face a delivery and asked for a new helmet but didn’t discuss it with the opponent captain Shakib Al Hasan, who appealed to the on-field umpires in the meantime.
Angelo Mathews tried to explain the situation to Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth, the on-field umpires. The umpire held the appeal of the Bangladesh captain and announced the dismissal of the Sri Lankan batter due to ‘time out’.
He walked off in anger while the Bangladesh players celebrated his dismissal. Later he was seen showing the broken helmet to the head coach Chris Silverwood and threw the helmet in anger and started walking toward the dressing room.
On this occasion, Sri Lanka all-rounder Russel Arnold said, “This is the first time I have ever witnessed something like this.”
According to ICC World Cup regulations, “Incoming batters are expected to be ready within 120 seconds (2 minutes). If they are late they will be out – Timed out.”
Former Pakistan Waqar Younis said, “It’s against the spirit of the game, that’s what I feel about this. It’s such a big moment in this game. Shakib Al Hasan must have appealed because the umpire couldn’t have made a decision unless you have appealed.
“There shouldn’t have been an appeal there. Because he was on the field and if there was something wrong with his helmet, he should be allowed to fix it. 2-3 extra minutes wouldn’t have made any difference. That’s not good scenes, I must say that.”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka scored 279 runs at Delhi Stadium. Asalanka was impressive with his knock of 108 runs including 6 boundaries and 5 sixes. Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das opened the innings for Bangladesh while Dilshan Madushanaka opened the bowling attack.
With only one match remaining in group Stage matches, Sri Lanka will be playing their final group stage match on November 9, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.