Cricket: Timed Out
Sri Lankan Batsman Angelo Mathews’ timed-out dismissal during a recent ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh stands as a first instance of timed-out dismissal in the 146-year chronicle of International Cricket.
- As per the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 playing conditions, the incoming batter must be ready to face the next ball within a strict 2-minute time limit.
- However, the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) Law 40.1.1 states that following a wicket fall or a batter’s retirement, the new batter must be prepared to face the next ball within 3 minutes.
- Failure to do so results in a ‘Timed Out’ dismissal.
- The batter argued that the delay was due to a faulty helmet, not an attempt to waste time or gain an advantage.
- However, the rules do not account for last-minute equipment malfunctions.
Timed Out Rule in Cricket:
- In cricket, the “Timed Out” rule states that after the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batter, the incoming batter must be ready to receive the ball or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next ball within 2 minutes.
- If the batsman fails to do so, they will be considered out.
- In a past test match in 2007, India’s Sourav Ganguly came close to being timed out due to unusual circumstances, but the situation was resolved without an appeal.