Umpire Adrian Holdstock explains why Angelo Mathews was timed-out.

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Umpire Adrian Holdstock explains Angelo Mathews departing from the crease as a timed-out wicket. The SL vs Ban took an interesting turn after the wicket.


On Monday, November 06, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh involved a controversy. Angelo Mathews was timed-out in the SL vs BAN match. He became the first batter in the history of international cricket to get out this way. According to the tournament’s rules of play, the Sri Lankan batter had two minutes to prepare to face the ball.

Notably, before facing his first delivery, Angelo Mathews requested his helmet’s strap replacement. His helmet’s strap had fallen loose when he was in the crease. However, to fix the problem, he had taken longer than the allotted two minutes to prepare. Therefore, after an appeal by Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, he lost his wicket getting timed-out. Talking about the Angelo Mathews timed-out wicket, umpire Adrian Holdstock, the fourth umpire, explained,

“First I would like to mention that the World Cup playing conditions supersede the MCC laws of cricket. When it comes out to ‘timed out’, the incoming batter must be in a position to receive the ball within two minutes. At the fall of a wicket, the TV umpire monitors the two minutes and relays the message through to the on-field umpires.” He further added,

“In the instance, this afternoon, the batter wasn’t ready to receive the ball within those two minutes even before the strap became an issue for him. According to the playing conditions, the fielding captain appealed for timed out to Marais Erasmus who was the standing umpire just after the strap of the helmet came loose.”


“As a batsman, you need to make sure that all your equipment is in place in order to make sure you get here because you actually have to be ready to receive the ball in two minutes which includes preparing and taking your guard. So technically you should be there within 15 seconds to make sure that everything is in place before you face your first ball.”

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