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Explained: Why Was Angelo Matthews Given Out? What Is Timed Out Rule?

Explained: Why Was Angelo Matthews Given Out? What Is Timed Out Rule?
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Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Matthews’ dismissal against Bangladesh in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 has spurred up a debate on social media. He was adjudged ‘Timed Out’ in the match on Wednesday, November 6 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. He became the first cricketer to ever be timed out in International cricket.

The incident took place during the 25th innings of the Sri Lankan innings. Mehidy Hasan Miraz dismissed Dhanajaya de Silva. Angelo Matthews walked out to bat following the dismissal. However, he was facing an issue with his helmet’s strap. This meant that Matthews couldn’t be ready to face the ball in time. Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan appealed for a dismissal, following which the umpires gave Matthews out.


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What is the ‘Timed Out’ Rule?

The timed-out rule is specified under The Laws of Cricket 40.1. According to the rule, a batter is given out via time out if he/she is not ready to face the bowler within three minutes from the fall of a wicket. The batter not only has to come out on the ground, but also be ready to face the delivery.

The law 40.1.1 states, “After the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batter, the incoming batter must, unless Time has been called, be ready to receive the ball, or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next ball within 3 minutes of the dismissal or retirement. If this requirement is not met, the incoming batter will be out, Timed out”

The law was updated in September 2022. According to the amended law, An incoming batter has to be ready to take strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs. Failure to do so, the fielding captain can appeal for a dismissal. Earlier, the batter was granted three minutes, but it was reduced. The three minutes threshold remains for T20Is.

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