Mathews points finger at umpires: 'Need to use common sense in using technology'

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Mathews points finger at umpires: 'Need to use common sense in using technology'


According to Angelo Mathews, the on-field umpires who gave him a time-out on Monday had admitted to the Sri Lankan coaching staff that they had made a mistake in not checking how much time had passed between the previous sending off and the breaking of Mathews’ helmet strap. It appears that Mathews learned of this admission secondhand.
“The referees [Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth] He also admitted that it was an equipment malfunction and they could have gone up to check it,” Mathews said in his post-match press conference. Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood also said, speaking to reporters after the match , that the team’s coaching staff had spoken to put officials in touch about the firing, and that talks between the two groups were ongoing.

Either way, Mathews was drawing a line between what constituted a fair dismissal for “time limit” and what constituted time taken from the game to replace defective equipment.

However, the playing conditions, as they are, do not take into account equipment malfunction; they only stipulate that the new batter be ready to receive the ball within two minutes of the previous dismissal, which, on a strict interpretation of the rule, Mathews was not.

However, umpires frequently allow equipment to be changed mid-game if necessary, particularly helmets and bats. If the strap had broken a ball in Mathews’s innings, for example, there probably wouldn’t have been any issues with ordering a replacement and taking some time to choose one.

“We talked about player safety and you tell me if it’s okay for me to guard without the helmet,” Mathews said. “That’s where the umpires could have done a bigger job at that point because they could have gone back and checked. They don’t let a wicketkeeper for a spinner go without his helmet. So how can I take my guard without my helmet? It’s completely a malfunction of the equipment.

“You need to have common sense in terms of using technology. It was clearly a malfunction, [the strap] just came out. She didn’t need to throw it and break it”

Angel Mateo

“What’s the point of not checking it at the time and then checking it later?” Mateo continued. “You need to have common sense in terms of using technology. It was clearly a malfunction, [the strap] just came out. He didn’t need to throw it and break it.”

Although during the mid-match break, fourth umpire Adrian Holdstock had told Ian Bishop on the Star Sports broadcast that “in this afternoon’s case, the batsman was not ready to receive the ball in those two minutes, even before the leash became a problem.” for him,” Mathews was correct in stating that he actually had five more seconds before the two minutes were up when his belt broke.

Fourth umpire Holdstock had also suggested mid-match that it was the batsman’s responsibility to have “all the equipment in place”.

Mathews scoffed at this idea.

“That’s pretty ridiculous. It’s our responsibility, yes. If I came out to bat against a fast bowler, obviously it’s my responsibility,” he said. “But something is coming out, do you really think I would know if it was going to come out? I don’t understand the logic.”