Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Several former cricketers and fans slammed Shakib Al Hasan for his controversial timed out dismissal appeal against former Sri Lanka captain and veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews in a match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.

In the process, Mathews became the first player in international cricket to be dismissed in that fashion.

Reflecting on the incident, Bangladesh skipper Shakib said, “One of our fielders came to me and said that if I appealed, he would be out. The umpire asked me if I was serious. It’s in the laws; I don’t know if it’s right or wrong. I felt like I was at war. Whatever I had to do, I did it. There will be debates. Today that (the time out) helped, I won’t deny that!”

Meanwhile, former West Indies great turned cricket expert Ian Bishop revealed details of what had transpired during the incident.

“The umpires asked Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan to withdraw the appeal twice, but Shakib said ‘no’ on both times,” said Bishop.

Well, Bishop’s comment has added a new twist to the controversy.