Reactions to Angelo Mathews getting timed out by Shakib & Bangladesh

Cricket News: Reactions to Angelo Mathews getting timed out by Shakib & Bangladesh | Fans react on Twitter to Angelo Mathews becoming the first player to be timed out in internationals

Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka is one of world cricket’s most thrilling rivalries. Drama often ensues when these two teams meet, and it was the case again in their World Cup clash at Delhi.

The clash, which only had bearings on qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy, sprung into life in the 25th over. Angelo Mathews, who walked to the crease after the dismissal of Sadeera Samarawickrama, was all but ready to face up until his helmet strap broke. Mathews then signaled to the dressing room for a replacement helmet, afterwhich Shakib Al Hasan appealed to the umpires for a timed out dismissal after the two-minute time limit had elapsed.

According to Ian Bishop, the umpires approached Shakib twice and asked him if he wanted to withdraw his appeal. The Bangladesh captain refused. Marais Erasmus then confirmed to Mathews that he was out, marking the first-ever timed out dismissal in international cricket.

40.1 and 40.2 explains the rule, which does not cater for equipment malfunction.

40.1.1 “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 2 minutes of the dismissal or retirement. If this requirement is not met, the incoming batter will be out, Timed out.”

40.1.2 “In the event of an extended delay in which no batter comes to the wicket, the umpires shall adopt the procedure of Law 16.3 (Umpires awarding a match). For the purposes of that Law the start of the action shall be taken as the expiry of the 3 minutes referred to above.

40.2 Bowler does not get credit The bowler does not get credit for the wicket.”

However, the incident sparked significant reaction on social media, with criticism aimed at Shakib for choosing to uphold his appeal rather than show sportsmanship.

Reactions to Angelo Mathews timed out against Shakib – against the spirit or fair play?

Criticism of Shakib:

Fans, pundits and former players had their say on Twitter. Many believe that Shakib’s actions were uncalled for given Mathews was not deliberately trying to waste time, but wanted to sort out his safety equipment.

In support of Shakib:

There were also arguments for Shakib, with those in support claiming that what he did was within the rules. Also, there are views that Mathews should have been more diligent.

Sri Lanka, courtesy of a brilliant Charith Asalanka century, ended up with 279 after falling into trouble at 135/5. Bangladesh entered their chase having scored 250 just once previously in the 2023 World Cup.

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