'I was in the war, did what I felt was right', Shakib Al Hasan's strong counterattack on Angelo Mathews' time out controversy

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has presented his clarification on the controversial time out of Angelo Mathews. Shakib Al Hasan said that he felt that he was in a war and could do anything to win. Shakib also said that he does not know whether this decision is right or wrong but it is within the law.

Nov 7, 2023 - 12:09
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'I was in the war, did what I felt was right', Shakib Al Hasan's strong counterattack on Angelo Mathews' time out controversy

The 38th match of the World Cup 2023 played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Monday became memorable due to the controversy. The experienced Sri Lankan all-rounder became the first cricketer to be timed out in international cricket.

After this, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan became the target of criticism and his sportsmanship is being criticized a lot. However, Shakib Al Hasan has no qualms about appealing for time out against Mathews. He said that he does not know whether this is right or not, but it is within the law.

I felt like I was at war. Whatever I had to do, I did it. There will be a debate on this. Time out helped us, I will not ignore it. One of our fielders came to me and said that if you appeal, the law says he is out because he did not take his guard in time.

So then I appealed to the umpires. The umpire told me that if I gave out and you called the batsman back, it would not look good. I said I would not call him back. It is in the rules that the batsman has to come to the crease before the stipulated time and Mathews had not come till then.

The defeat against Bangladesh proved bad for Sri Lanka in many ways. His troubles have increased. The Sri Lankan team is completely out of the race for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2023. Apart from this, his difficulties in qualifying for the Champions Trophy have also increased.

The Sri Lankan team has slipped to eighth place in the points table after the defeat against Bangladesh. He has to play his last match against New Zealand on Thursday.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer
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