Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Debate on Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s role in a controversial dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews continues to gather momentum with Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha calling for a change to cricket’s ‘timed out’ law.

As per Hathurusingha, it should be a matter for the umpires only.

“I don’t think the row is going to stop here, whatever I say. The only thing I can say is that it’s one of the modes of dismissal,” said Hathurusingha during an interview.

“My suggestion is to leave it to the umpires to decide, I don’t think you should leave it to the players to appeal and all that,” he added.

Notably, Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in a league match of the ODI World Cup 2023 in Delhi on Monday. However, the result was overshadowed by Mathews becoming the first player to be ‘timed out’ following an appeal by Shakib, which the Bangladesh captain refused to withdraw.

Mathews was given out after he exceeded the two minutes allowed for an incoming batsman to take strike as he attempted to secure a broken strap on his helmet.