Controversy at the Cricket World Cup
A baffling incident occurred at the Cricket World Cup when a player was given out without even stepping up to the crease.
Angelo Mathews Falls Victim to Little-Known Rule
Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews found himself at the center of the controversy, much to the delight of Bangladesh.
A Helmet Mishap
Mathews encountered a problem with his helmet and complained about the strap. He took it off and went to the sidelines where the Sri Lankan team attempted to fix the issue.
Time Limit Rule
Meanwhile, Bangladesh's captain Shakib Al Hasan appealed to the official, citing the time limit rule. According to cricket laws, a batter must be ready to face the first delivery within three minutes. However, in the World Cup, this time limit is reduced to just two minutes.
When Mathews failed to return to the crease within the allocated time, he was given his marching orders. Despite his complaints to the umpire, he was unable to change the decision.
A Historic First
This incident marks the first time in international cricket history that a player has been timed out.
Fans Express Displeasure
Many fans expressed their dissatisfaction with Bangladesh's actions, calling it "pathetic" and "the worst sportsmanship" they had ever seen.
Angelo Mathews' unfortunate dismissal has shed light on a little-known rule in cricket, sparking controversy and debate among fans and players alike.