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NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews branded Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan as "disgraceful" after he became the first player in 146 years of international cricket to be given "timed out" in a bitter World Cup clash.

Mathews was given out after failing to take strike within the two-minute time limit when he came out to bat on Monday.

He had been unable to secure his helmet strap tightly enough, an action which delayed the resumption of play and prompted Shakib to successfully appeal for his wicket.

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka at World Cup after Mathews 'timed out' row

"I don't know where the common sense went because obviously it's disgraceful from Shakib and Bangladesh if they want to play cricket and to stoop down to that level. I think there is something drastically wrong," an angry Mathews told reporters in New Delhi.

"In my 15-year career, I've never seen a team going down to that level because obviously the umpires also admitted that it's equipment malfunction, and they could have gone upstairs and checked again."

He added: "I don't think any other team would do that, because it was black and white. It was equipment malfunction, the helmet coming off. It was a big safety issue as well.

"Shakib had the option (of recalling me) but he decided to go the other way."

According to laws of cricket, after the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batsman, the incoming player must be ready to receive the ball within two minutes.

On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth talked to both teams before the decision was upheld.

The 36-year-old Mathews reluctantly trudged off with most spectators appearing bemused by the decision.

The dismissal contributed to a tense atmosphere and the players of both teams did not shake hands after the match, which was won by Bangladesh and ended Sri Lanka's slim chances of making the semi-finals.

"You need to respect people who respect us. They have to respect the game as well. We are all ambassadors of this beautiful game including the umpires," Mathews said on not going ahead with the customary handshakes after the match.

"If you don't respect and don't use common sense than what more you can ask for."


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Ash Chak Nov 07, 2023 02:05am
I agree with Mathews. The rule was meant to prevent the batting team from using delaying tactics. Most are not even aware of the rule. This was a clear malfunction of the equipment. Be wary Bangladesh. Because there are other teams who are watching, and what goes around comes around.
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Az_Iz Nov 07, 2023 03:37am
Nothing wrong with following the rules.
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Az_Iz Nov 07, 2023 03:37am
Mathews wants exceptions to the rules.
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Javed Nov 07, 2023 08:57am
What Shakib did was indeed a disgrace. Glad we cut these fellows out from Pak in 1971
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Usman Nov 07, 2023 09:11am
@Javed, Pl dont link such petty matters with events of 1971. That event itself was a huge disgrace for us Pakistanis.
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KU Nov 07, 2023 10:35am
Gentlemen's game, it is no more.
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Zeshan Nawaz Nov 07, 2023 02:38pm
Shakaib played cry baby. He knew Bangladesh probably could not beat SriLanka in an even battle. Chose to take their best player out by indeed a very 'disgraceful' tactic.
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BangladeshMYA$$ Nov 07, 2023 04:36pm
Two takkas people showing their real worth.
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