Amid all the controversies surrounding the pollution issue before the Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh clash in the ODI World Cup 2023, there was one more incident that caught the eyes of the fans. The 25th over of the Sri Lankan innings saw a bizarre incident involving the former Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Matthews. After the dismissal of Sadeera Samarawickrama, Matthews came to the crease and started taking his batting guard but the strap of his helmet came out.
The star Sri Lankan all-rounder suddenly called for a spare helmet and all these incidents took more than 2-3 minutes. The Bangladesh skipper, Shakib al Hasan saw the opportunity and appealed for a time-out. The umpires had no choice but to adhere to the regulations. Mathews attempted to present his argument to both the umpires and Shakib, yet the umpires adhered to the rules, and Shakib was unwilling to retract their appeal. Following this Matthews was given out and also became the first player to be given out as timed out.
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In addition to it, as per the rules considered, following a wicket's fall or a batter's retirement, the incoming batter must, unless Time has been called, be prepared to face the ball or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next delivery within 3 minutes. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the incoming batter being declared out due to being Timed out.
Bangladesh did not do full-strength practice ahead of Sri Lanka clash
The severity of the pollution issue was such that it raised concerns about the potential cancellation of the 2023 ODI World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. On the eve of their game in Delhi, only eight Bangladesh players participated in the training session, while the rest chose to avoid the city's harsh air pollution. The coach of the Bangladesh team, Chandika Hathurusinghe, explained that those who abstained from training had asthma and were reluctant to risk exposure to the unhealthy air quality.
Before this, Bangladesh had cancelled a training session on Friday, and Sri Lanka had also called off their training on Saturday. On Saturday evening, Bangladesh trained with a squad of 13 players, but the following day witnessed a reduced attendance during their training session.