Sri Lanka fights controversy with controversy, refuses to shake hands with Bangladesh players

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  • The Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh World Cup 2023 match at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in Delhi would go down as one of the most controversial ones of this tournament as well as in the entire history of World Cups. 
  • Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews was given out timed out in the 25th over. He became the first cricketer to be given out timed out in the history of international cricket. 
  • As soon as Bangladesh got the winning runs, the Sri Lanka players shook hands with the umpires and walked off. They refused to shake hands with Bangladesh. 
  • The players didn’t line up to exchange pleasantries, something which is normal after every cricket match.  
  • ‘Respect the game to get respect from others’: Mathews 
  • Sri Lanka was eliminated from World Cup semi-final contention by Bangladesh.

The Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh World Cup 2023 match at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in Delhi would not only go down as one of the most controversial ones of this tournament but also in the entire history of World Cups. The match had its heated moments right from the beginning whether it was a war of words between Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis and Bangladesh pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib or the stare games between Charith Asalanka and the Bangladesh bowlers but all hell broke lose when Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews was given out timed out in the 25th over. He became the first cricketer to be given out timed out in the history of international cricket.

There was a lot of anger coming in from the Sri Lanka camp. Mathews was seen throwing his helmet and gloves in disgust while entering the dugout even as captain Kusal Mendis and coach Chris Silverwood looked on in disbelief.

The umpires gave clarification about the rule but Mathews didn’t agree. He said he had reached the crease within the two-minute time and afterwards the strap of his helmet broke, which should be counted as a safety equipment malfunction.

When it was Sri Lanka’s turn to field, they gave a feisty reception to Shakib when he walked out to bat. Mathews also gave a send-off to Shakib by pointing towards his wrist to signal time out when the latter was dismissed. The tension continued well after the match ended in Bangladesh’s favour.

As soon as Bangladesh got the winning runs, the Sri Lanka players shook hands with the umpires and walked off. They refused to shake hands with the Bangladesh batters. The players didn’t line up to exchange pleasantries, something which is normal after every cricket match. The Sri Lankan players walked off the field without handshakes. There were no attempts from the Bangladesh camp either to douse the fire. The support staff of both sides, however, did shake hands.

When Mathews was asked about Sri Lanka’s decision not to shake hands with the Bangladesh players after the match, the former Sri Lanka captain said the Bangladesh players didn’t respect them or the game and hence they shouldn’t ask for cordial behaviour in return.

“Yeah, you need to respect people who respect us. It doesn’t mean that – they have to respect the game itself. I mean, we all are ambassadors of this beautiful game, including the umpires. So then, if you don’t respect and if you don’t use your common sense, what more can you ask for?” he said.

Sri Lanka was eliminated from World Cup semifinal contention by Bangladesh. Bangladesh won by three wickets with nearly nine overs to spare and ended a six-match losing run.

Sri Lanka was all out for 279 and propped up by Charith Asalanka’s brilliant 108. Mathews, as a bowler, gave Sri Lanka a sniff when he dismissed Shakib and Shanto in consecutive overs to end a beefy 169-run standoff 149 balls between the two Bangladesh left-handers, but the tailenders hung in to see them home.

 

(With Inputs from agencies)

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