I felt like I was in a war, says Shakib Al Hasan on Angelo Mathews’ Time Out

Shakib Al Hasan clarifies Angelo Mathews Time Out: The Sri Lanka-Bangladesh match played in Delhi on Monday was in the news due to the ‘time out’ of Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews. Mathews could not start batting for 2 minutes as the strap of his helmet was broken. In such a situation, according to the rules, he had to go to the pavilion without playing even a single ball. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has condemned this decision.

In fact, Shakib had appealed for ‘time out’ to the umpire at the behest of one of the team players. Mathews was later dropped. After the match, Shakib broke his silence on this matter. He also tried to express his views on ‘spirit of the game’.

It felt like I was in a war,” he said, adding that one of our fielders came to me. He said, if I appeal, Mathews will be out. The umpire asked me if I was serious about it. It is in the law. I don’t know whether it is right or wrong. I felt like I was in a war. Whatever I had to do, I did it. I know there will be debate on this. Time out helped us today, I won’t deny that.

He said, when I won the toss, I had no objection to bowling first because we trained here in dew. We had to bat deep. Luckily, we got a good partnership. Shanto and I hit things off well. We wanted to end it quickly. Saqib said, a win is a win.

There were only 5 seconds left, Sri Lankan captain Kusal Mendis said – When Mathews came to the crease, there were five seconds left. When he came out he came to know about the helmet strap. It was disappointing. We expected him to score runs for us. It is disappointing that the umpires could not intervene and take good decisions.

He said, Charith played a brilliant innings, but we lost by 30-40 runs. A total score of 320 would have been good on this wicket. I am happy that Pathum, Sadira and Dilshan performed well. I think we will have a very good team in the future. We had some injuries and that was the reason why there were so many changes and new players in the team, but we also made mistakes.”