Out without playing a single ball. How Bangladesh ‘timed out’ Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews

In 24.2 overs, Sadira Samarawickrama returns with a catch by Mahmudullah. Sri Lanka’s run was 135 for 4. Angelo Mathews came to the field as a new batsman. But when he went to the wicket, he saw that there was a problem with the strap of his helmet. Maybe it was a tear. He gestured to the dressing room for a new helmet. It was a little late to bring the new helmet through the extra player. This time, Bangladesh appealed for ‘timed out’ against Angelo Mathews.

Section 40.1.1 of the ‘Timed Out’ section on the website of the MCC, cricket’s lawmaker, states, ‘After the fall of the wicket or the retirement of the batsman, the new batsman shall be ready to face the next ball within 3 minutes. If this condition is not met, the new batsman will be out. Timed out.’

However, in the ICC playing conditions in the World Cup, not 3 minutes, the batsman must be ready to face the next ball within 2 minutes. Mathews could not be ready to bat in that time while changing his helmet. As a result, the umpires had no choice but to give Mathews a ‘timed out’ in accordance with Bangladesh’s appeal and cricket laws.

It was seen on television that Mathews spoke to the umpire for a long time on the field about the out. At one stage he went to Shakib about the matter. But Shakib asked him to talk to the umpires. But the umpires did not change the decision.

This is the first incident of ‘timed out’ in international cricket. After Sachin Tendulkar delayed entering the crease in the Newlands Test in 2006-07, South Africa’s then captain Graeme Smith did not appeal for a timed out. However, there are 6 examples of such outs in first-class cricket.