During match after Sadeera Samarawickrama is out of the game with the second ball of the 25th over, Mathews advances to the crease. The 36-year-old readjusts his helmet as he is set to take a defensive position while standing in his crease. He tries to tighten the chinstrap, which goes around the jaw, but it snaps. Mathews calls for a replacement helmet as soon as he spots it snapping in his grasp. He shows the captain of Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, the damage to his helmet and requests time so that a replacement can be brought out. Next, Mathews is heard conversing with umpires Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth. Then Erasmus talks to Shakib, maybe to find out whether he’s filing an appeal for his dismissal.
Timed Out Law
The International Cricket Council (ICC) uses a different timeline than the Laws of the Game, which are set by the MCC, further complicating matters. Except in cases when particular playing conditions are instituted for specific leagues, tournaments, or matches, the Laws apply to all cricket. “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 three minutes of the dismissal or retirement,” states Law 40.1.1, which relates to a batter timed out. The batter who enters will be timed out if this condition is not met.”
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 two minutes of the dismissal or retirement,” according to the ICC’s playing conditions for this World Cup. The batter who enters will be timed out if this condition is not met. Essentially, Mathews was given two minutes instead of three to prepare for his first ball.
Mathews said it was “disgraceful from Shakib and Bangladesh if they want to play cricket like that” when he chose to represent Sri Lanka at the news conference following the game. “I hadn’t broken any rules. It was an equipment problem, but I had two minutes to get to the crease and get ready, which I did,” Mathews remarked. “I’m not sure where common sense disappeared to. Something seriously wrong for it to be scooped down to that level.
“Our coaches have been informed by the umpires that they missed my helmet breaking. There, all I was asking for was my helmet. It was just plain common sense; I’m not talking about blocking the field or ‘Mankading’, which is the act of running out a batter at the non-striker’s end. They must honour the game itself. Like the umpires, we are all ambassadors for this wonderful game. What more could you ask for if you don’t respect or use common sense?
In his post-match interview, Sri Lanka captain Mendis described the situation as “disappointing” through a translator.
Captain Shakib of Bangladesh stated that there “will be debates” on the termination. “One of our fielders came to me and said if you appeal now he will be out,” said Shakib. “After I filed an appeal, the umpire questioned my sincerity and if I would withdraw my statement. I declined. It is out if it is in the rules, and that is precisely what transpired. As stated in the Laws. I’m not sure if this is correct or incorrect. However, I felt as though I was in a war, and I had to make a choice to ensure that my team won, therefore I had to do whatever was necessary.
The dismissal, in my opinion, was somewhat helpful. It made me more resilient. I refuse to dispute that. During his press conference, he went on, We’ve played a lot of cricket against each other, so we know each other well. I’ve known him [Mathews] since 2006. He requested me to withdraw the appeal when he came over. I added, I know this was an unfortunate situation for you, but I don’t want to. “I’ll be careful that it doesn’t happen to me.”
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