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'Not Good For Spirit Of Cricket': Charith Asalanka On Angelo Mathews' Timed Out Fiasco

image-lomx01uxCharith Asalanka smashed his 2nd ODI ton against Bangladesh on Monday (AP Photo)

Sri Lankan batter Charith Asalanka expressed his disapproval of all-rounder Angelo Mathews' rare timed-out dismissal in international cricket, labeling it as detrimental to the spirit of the game. This historic incident occurred during a match against Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on November 6.

Asalanka, in his post-innings remarks, voiced his concerns about Mathews' dismissal, deeming it a departure from the principles of fair play in cricket. 

Here's what he said:

“It is always a good feeling when you hit a hundred. I am feeling happy now. My point is that the dismissal of Mathews is not good for the spirit of cricket. But that is how it goes with the rules.” 

Q. Why was Angelo Mathews given 'Time Out'?

Mathews found himself out without even facing a single delivery, a unique occurrence in international cricket. This unusual mode of dismissal, referred to as a "time out," ensues when a batter fails to be ready to face the bowler within three minutes of a wicket falling, in accordance with the cricketing regulations. 

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Angelo Mathews, entering the crease at number 6, encountered a predicament involving his helmet's strap, preventing him from taking his position within the stipulated time. This delay prompted Bangladesh players to lodge an appeal. Subsequently, the on-field umpires, Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth, deliberated with each other and made the decision to declare Mathews out. The unique dismissal was the result of a technicality, as Mathews' inability to assume his batting stance within the required timeframe led to his dismissal, marking a significant moment in international cricket.