On Monday night, Sri Lankan cricketer Angelo Mathews became the first player in the 146-years-old history of the game to be given a time out dismissal during the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The controversial dismissal took place right after Sri Lanka lost its fourth wicket and Angelo Mathews came to the crease to bat, trying to tighten his helmet strip. The strip, however, broke, leading to Matthews calling for a new helmet. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hassan then appealed to umpire for timed out, and umpire agreed after a conversation with the third umpire.

According to the rules of the game, after the fall of a wicket, the upcoming batsman should face the ball in two minutes. Anglo Mathews took a little more time to face the next ball and got out.


The Sri Lanka asked Shaking to withdraw the appeal, but he declined.

During the press conference after the match, a journalist asked Mathews, “How did you feel when you werr given timed out?”

He replied, “I have not done anything wrong. I had two minutes to get to the crease and get myself ready. I don’t know where common sense went. Obviously I think that was disgraceful from Shakib and Bangladesh.”

When the same question was asked from Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hassan, he said, “I felt like I was at war. I have done whatever I had to for my country.”

Angelo Mathews shared a screenshot on X with a timestamp in which he said, “4th umpire is wrong here! Video evidence shows I still had 5 more seconds even after the helmet gave away! Can the 4th umpire rectify this, please? I mean safety is paramount as I just couldn’t face the bowler without a helmet.”

Social media reacted angrily to Shakib. Here are some reactions: