Angelo Mathews tried to convince the umpire and the Bangladeshi captain but to no avail.Image Credit source: PTI
Tremendous drama was seen in the World Cup match on Monday 6 November at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. After a long time, there was an uproar when the batsman was out in some other way instead of run out on non-strike, which is also called ‘Mankad’ in common language. In the match against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka’s veteran and experienced batsman Angelo Mathews was given ‘time out’ for not being prepared on time. This has divided cricket experts and fans. Amidst all this, the fourth umpire of this match has clarified the entire situation.
First let us tell you about this incident. Sri Lanka batted first in this match and Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan took one wicket in the 25th over of the innings. Sadira Samarawickrama was out on his ball. After Sadira’s dismissal, Angelo Mathews came to the crease but before he was ready to play the ball, the strap of his helmet broke. He asked his team to bring another helmet but by then Shakib appealed to the umpire and it was found that Mathews was not ready on time. In such a situation he was given time out.
The debate on sportsmanship erupted again
For the first time in the 146-year-long history of international cricket, a batsman has been out in this manner. In such a situation, there is bound to be a debate on this. Many former cricketers, fans and journalists questioned this decision and especially Shakib Al Hasan’s sporting spirit. However, some also came in support of Shakib and made it clear that the game should be played according to the rules and the players should also know the rules. Amidst this chaos, the fourth umpire of the match came forward to explain the matter on behalf of ICC.
Fourth umpire explained the whole matter
After the end of Sri Lanka’s innings, fourth umpire Adrian Holdstock spoke to the broadcaster. He explained the rules and playing conditions and then told the most important thing. Holdstock said that Mathews had already delayed and this appeal was made only after that. He told that when a batsman is out, the new batsman has to be ready to play the ball within 2 minutes. Talking about Angelo Mathews, he said that before the issue of helmet came up, Mathews’s 2 minutes had already passed and he was not ready.
Holdstock further said that the TV umpire (third umpire) keeps an eye on this entire process, who starts a timer of 2 minutes after a batsman is out. In such a situation, if a batsman is not ready then the TV umpire informs the on-field umpire about it. However, the fourth umpire also made it clear that only the captain of the fielding team has to appeal for this. He also advised all the batsmen that they should check all their equipment in advance and get ready 15 seconds in advance so that such a situation does not arise.