The time-out of Sri Lanka’s veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews made headlines recently. The moment came when Sri Lanka faced Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh in the 38th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 and batting first, the incident happened when Mathews took strike in the ongoing match.
As he tackled the bowler, the chin strap of his helmet broke, wasting time in adjusting his helmet before he was ready to face the ball. As soon as the Bangladesh captain declared before the umpire, Mathews became the victim of a time-out in international cricket.
However, a new report from ESPNcricinfo suggests that the umpires had already alerted Matthews about how much time he had to face the ball. The veteran player was told by Richard Illingworth that he had only 30 seconds left to face the ball before he could be called out.
However, after the game, Mathews came forward to say that match officials should have had “common sense” before dismissing him, as without ensuring that his helmet was intact, he would not have faced the collision of the delivery. Could.
According to ICC rules, the batsman has to be ready within two minutes after the fall of the wicket. One minute and 10 seconds after the fall of the wicket, Mathews came out to bat and after reaching the crease, he was told that he had 30 seconds left.
However, due to his chin strap coming off, Matthews, instead of notifying the officials, ran to the dugout and signaled for a replacement. The rule states that the batsman must inform the on-field umpires about the change in gear so that time can be managed efficiently. However, with a helmet glitch, two minutes and 30 seconds had already passed, and as Shakib Al Hasan appealed to the umpires, Mathews was given out at the timeout without facing a single delivery.
The 36-year-old had a lot to say in the post-match press conference and he even suggested that the equipment malfunction should be treated as an isolated delay and not a time-out dismissal .