During the 2023 ICC World Cup, a remarkable and unfortunate incident occurred involving Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who made history as the first player to be timed out in international cricket. This unusual event took place during Sri Lanka’s match against Bangladesh in Delhi, India.
In accordance with the rules of international cricket, a new batsman must be prepared to face a delivery within two minutes of a wicket falling. In Mathews’ case, an unexpected delay occurred when the strap of his helmet broke while he was preparing to take his position at the crease. As he awaited a replacement helmet, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan made an appeal to the umpires, resulting in Mathews being declared timed out.
This unique dismissal was a testament to the intricacies and quirks of cricket’s rulebook, adding an interesting chapter to the sport’s history.
Adding to the intrigue of the match, New Delhi’s alarming air quality levels were a major concern. The city had the dubious distinction of being ranked as the most polluted major city globally. Despite these challenging environmental conditions, the cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka proceeded at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
The fluctuating air quality in the Indian capital, which ranged from “poor” to “severe” levels, led to some players and coaches from both teams practicing while wearing face masks. Pre-match practice sessions were canceled as a precautionary measure, and certain Bangladesh players with asthma were confined to their hotel, highlighting the health risks associated with the city’s polluted air during the World Cup.