Umpires correctly gave Angelo Mathews out: MCC on ‘time out’ controversy
Mathews became the first batsman to be dismissed in international cricket when he failed to strike within the prescribed two minutes after Sadeera Samarawickrama was dismissed in their World Cup match against Bangladesh on Monday, sparking a huge controversy.
Mathews realized his helmet strap was broken and asked for a new helmet. The delay prompted Bangladesh to appeal and the umpires upheld it despite Mathews’ repeated pleas.
“When the helmet broke, Mathews apparently did not consult the umpires, which a player would be expected to do when seeking new equipment. Instead, he reported directly to the dressing room for replacement,” the MCC said in a statement.
“If he had explained to the umpires what had happened and asked for time to sort it out, they might have allowed him to change the helmet, maybe call time and that’s it. add to any possibility of its existence.
“Since Time was not called, and more than two minutes had elapsed at the time of the appeal, the umpires correctly gave Mathews out. In fact, there was no further action for the umpires to take within the Laws of Cricket, ” The statement added. Marais Erasmus of South Africa and Richard Illingworth of England were the two umpires on the field in that match. Mathews peeved at Bangladesh’s decision to dismiss him through ‘time out’ as “disgraceful”.
The two teams did not shake hands after the November 7 game.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said he had no regrets about the decision to appeal, which he refused to withdraw even after Beng asked the umpires.
The MCC emphasized that such a law is definitely needed because batters could waste time when the pitch falls due to absence.
“This is a particular problem in timed cricket, where the light may be getting worse and a favorable result can be drawn, but it is also relevant in limited-overs cricket, where the field side is often punished due to excessive slow rates.
“Even if the intent is not specifically to waste time, Law is needed to keep the game moving and prevent significant delays between hacks.”
The ICC also said that the Spirit of Cricket is not owned by any one player, country or culture and that the game is played with subtle differences across the globe.
“…shades of gray are often interpreted and not every situation can be specifically predicted and coded. In these situations, the players will ultimately decide how their game will be played.”
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