In an impassioned statement, he labelled Bangladesh's captain, Shakib Al Hasan, as "a cheat."

The dramatic incident unfolded during a critical World Cup match, effectively dashing Sri Lanka's hopes of advancing in the tournament. Mathews, not one to mince words, expressed his frustration during a post-match press conference, particularly targeting Shakib's appeal for the disputed dismissal, which he deemed "disgraceful."

Matthews was given a time-out for not getting ready to bat in accordance with the rules

The heart of the controversy revolves around Mathews' alleged failure to adhere to the World Cup rule, which dictates that a new batter must be prepared to face a delivery within two minutes of a wicket falling. 

Mathews, however, vehemently argued that he was well-prepared with seconds to spare before the chinstrap on his helmet unexpectedly snapped, necessitating a replacement.

The incident has ignited a fervent debate within the cricketing community, with several prominent cricketers voicing their support for Mathews. 

Former cricketing greats, including Dale Steyn, Usman Khawaja, Gautam Gambhir, and Waqar Younis, have expressed their discontent with the controversial decision. Younis, in particular, emphasized that such incidents are detrimental to the "spirit of cricket."

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif also criticized Shakib for his role in the dismissal, noting that he should prioritize winning but not at the expense of the game's integrity. Kaif remarked, "Shakib should believe in winning, but not 'winning at all costs.' That was shameful."

The aftermath of this contentious 'timed out' dismissal continues to reverberate throughout the cricketing world, raising important questions about the rules, sportsmanship, and fair play in one of the world's most beloved sports. 

The appeal to the ICC for justice promises to keep this controversy in the spotlight and spark discussions on the future of cricket.

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