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Angelo Mathews becomes the first batter to get ‘timed out’ in international cricket

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Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews was on Monday given “timed out” in an ICC World Cup 2023 clash against Bangladesh, becoming the first man to suffer the dismissal in the history of international cricket.

Angelo Mathews, who joined the Sri Lankan squad late as a replacement for injured pace bowler Matheesha Pathirana, came down to bat in the 25th over at the fall of Sadeera Samarawickrama’s wicket and scoreboard reading 135-4.

The former captain took more than two minutes to take strike after having issues with his helmet due to a broken strap. Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan appealed for a “timed out” dismissal, which was upheld by the on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth.

The ICC World Cup 2023 playing conditions pertaining to “timed out” dismissals reads thus:

40.1.1 After the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batter, the incoming batter must, unless Time has been called, be ready to receive the ball, or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next ball within 2 minutes of the dismissal or retirement. If this requirement is not met, the incoming batter will be out, Timed out.

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Sri Lanka ICC World Cup 2023 squad

Kusal Mendis (c)(wk), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne

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