The 2023 Cricket World Cup featured a controversial incident during a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka when Bangladesh's captain Shakib Al Hasa
The 2023 Cricket World Cup featured a controversial incident during a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka when Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan triggered a debate about the spirit of cricket before smashing a rapid 82 runs in a match that led to Sri Lanka’s elimination. The controversy centered around Shakib’s appeal that resulted in Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews becoming the first player to be ‘timed out’ in an international match. Mathews called for a replacement helmet after his chinstrap broke, causing a delay. Shakib appealed, leading to Mathews being given out. While Mathews vehemently criticized the decision, Shakib stood by it, stating that he needed to make a decision to ensure his team’s victory, even if it sparked debates. The incident fueled discussions about the fine line between gamesmanship and sportsmanship in cricket.
The match saw Shakib collaborating in a 169-run stand with Najmul Hossain Shanto (90), helping Bangladesh chase down a 280-run target. Sri Lanka had posted 279 all out, with Charith Asalanka’s 108 being a standout performance. The “timed out” incident overshadowed the day’s play but also highlighted the tensions between the two teams.
The 2023 Cricket World Cup also dealt with air quality issues in New Delhi, where the match was held. The air quality index near the Arun Jaitley Stadium was close to 400 on the day of the match, raising concerns that it might be delayed or canceled. Both teams had canceled training sessions, and players took precautions due to the poor air quality. Organizers installed air purifiers in the players’ dressing rooms and used water sprinklers to reduce pollutants in the air. New Delhi has consistently ranked as one of the world’s most polluted cities.
The incident involving Shakib and Mathews raised questions not only about sportsmanship but also about knowing the rules of the game.