Angelo Mathews Makes Cricket History with Unprecedented ‘Timed Out’ Dismissal

Honey Gupta
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Angelo Mathews made an unusual and unfortunate piece of cricket history by becoming the first player ever to be “timed out” in international cricket. This happened after he asked for a helmet change when he walked onto the pitch but was not ready to face his first ball within the two minutes allowed by ICC Playing Conditions.

The incident unfolded when Mathews was preparing to face Shakib Al Hasan. His helmet strap broke as he was tightening it around his chin. At that point, nearly two minutes had already passed since the previous batter, Sadeera Samarawickrama, had been dismissed.

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Mathews urgently requested a replacement helmet, which was brought to him by Chamika Karunaratne. However, after a discussion with Shakib, umpire Marais Erasmus informed Mathews that he was out. Mathews hadn’t yet put on the new helmet, and Karunaratne was still standing near the pitch when he was told he had been timed out. By this point, over three minutes had passed since Samarawickrama’s dismissal.

Initially, Mathews appeared to think the umpire was joking, but he soon realized the seriousness of the situation. He engaged in a lengthy discussion with both Erasmus and square-leg umpire Richard Illingworth. Erasmus then had a brief discussion with Shakib, and Mathews also spoke briefly to Shakib. Ultimately, the decision to rule him timed out was upheld, leading to visible frustration and disappointment from Mathews.

At the time of Mathews’ dismissal, Bangladesh had already taken their positions in the field, with Shakib ready to bowl. The ICC Playing Conditions state that a batter must be ready to receive the ball within two minutes, a requirement Mathews failed to meet.

Mathews had to leave the field, clearly upset by the unusual manner of his dismissal. He kicked his helmet in frustration as he left the playing area and threw his bat aside.

This unfortunate incident left Sri Lanka in a challenging position at 135 for 5. However, Charith Asalanka later scored a century to help his team recover to a total of 279.

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