New Delhi, November 7 (Language) Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, on the controversy over the ‘time out’ of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews in the ICC World Cup match here on Monday, said that he has no regrets about it and if this game If it is contrary to the sentiment then the International Cricket Council (ICC) should look into it and change the rules.
Mathews became the first batsman to be ‘timed out’ in international cricket. As soon as Mathews reached the crease and started putting on the helmet, its strap broke. He signaled for another helmet to be brought from the dressing room but it took more than two minutes. Meanwhile, Shakib appealed for time out against Mathews and umpire Marais Erasmus declared him out.
When Shakib was asked whether he had any regrets, he said in the press conference after the team’s three-wicket win, “Absolutely not.” One of our fielders came to me and said if you appeal, the rules say he is out because he has not taken his guard within the time limit. So then I appealed to the umpires, the umpire asked me whether you will call him back or not. I said if he is out, you call him back, it doesn’t look good. I said I wouldn’t call him back.
He said, “We have been playing together since the Under-19 World Cup, so I have known Angelo since 2006. Yes, it is unfortunate but as per the rules. We have played a lot of matches against Sri Lanka. Mathews and I know each other well. He came and asked me whether I wanted to withdraw my appeal or not. I said I understand your position. It was unfortunate, but I don’t want to do that.
Shakib said that if his action is not in accordance with the spirit of the game then the International Cricket Council (ICC) should change the rules.
He said, “If it is so then ICC should look into it and change the rules.”
When Shakib was asked how he would feel if he put himself in place of Mathews as a batsman. “I will be careful,” he said. This doesn’t happen to me.
Chasing Sri Lanka’s target of 280 runs, Bangladesh scored 169 runs in 149 balls for the third wicket between Nazmul Hussain Shanto (90 runs, 101 balls, 12 fours) and Shakib (82 runs, 65 balls, 12 fours, two sixes). With the help of partnership, India won by scoring 282 runs for seven wickets in 41.1 overs.
Shakib said that he knew the wicket was good for batting and all he needed was a good partnership.
He said, “We had lost two wickets. We had to polish the innings. We knew the wicket was good. We just had to survive and build partnerships so that pressure would be reduced. That’s exactly what we did and when we had our chances we took advantage of them, we counterattacked them, put a lot of pressure on them. Also, we were getting a lot of help from the dew.
The Bangladesh captain said, “We knew the ball was coming on the bat, we just had to hang on. If one of us survives we can end this quickly. And then when we lost a few wickets early, me and Shanto were out. We were trying to get it in 41.2 overs or something so that we can get ahead of some teams. That’s what we’re trying to do. In trying to do this we lost some wickets. But in the end I’m very happy with the way we played.”
On the issue related to opener Tamim Iqbal before the World Cup, Shakib said that he does not want to comment on it.
“I don’t want to comment on that,” he said. It’s irrelevant to me at this point.”
This is Bangladesh’s best performance so far in the tournament and Shakib said it would have been better if they had done it earlier.
He said, “Yes, I mean it would have been better if we could have done this in the initial matches. It would have been good if we could have won one or two matches. At this time we would have been in a good position. I think we let ourselves down. I think the goals that we set within the team, the things that we thought we were capable of doing, we couldn’t do. So that’s the disappointment we all have.”