Bangladesh Captain Urges Sri Lanka to Move On from Timed-Out Incident

Bangladesh Captain Urges Sri Lanka to Move On from Timed-Out Incident

Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto has urged Sri Lanka to move on from the controversial timed-out incident that occurred during the 2023 World Cup. Shanto’s comments came after Sri Lanka’s victory in the third T20I in Sylhet, where the visitors sealed the series 2-1.

During the post-match celebrations, Sri Lankan players made a collective gesture of pointing to their watches, a reference to the incident where Angelo Mathews became the first player ever timed out in international cricket. Mathews had criticized Shakib Al Hasan for appealing for the dismissal, and the gesture has since become a symbol of the rivalry between the two teams.

In the first T20I of the series, Shoriful Islam used the same gesture after taking Sri Lanka’s first wicket. In the third T20I, Sri Lankan fielders targeted Towhid Hridoy after his dismissal, leading to an angry exchange.

Shanto expressed his disappointment with Sri Lanka’s continued focus on the timed-out incident. “They haven’t moved on from the timed-out incident,” he said. “They should stay in the present. We were within the rules. They are in a frenzy about it.”

Sri Lankan assistant coach Naveed Nawaz downplayed the significance of the gesture, stating that it was a celebration that was misunderstood. He emphasized that the two teams have a good relationship off the field.

Kusal Mendis, who scored a career-high 86 in the match, also addressed the issue. “I don’t know why someone was doing the timed-out celebrations,” he said. “We can celebrate our own things.”

Despite the controversy, Mendis denied that Sri Lanka felt vindicated by winning the series after the controversial overturning of Soumya Sarkar’s dismissal in the previous game. “Everyone can make a mistake,” he said. “Our team isn’t thinking about it too much.”