The Controversial Encounter: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Players' Refusal to Shake Hands at the 2023 World Cup

The refusal of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh players to shake hands at the CWC 2023 due to an incident involving SL Mathews being given timed out has stirred controversy. Learn more about this incident and its implications.

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SL Angelo Mathews returning to the pavilion without playing any ball as given 'Timed Out' by Umpire during ODI World Cup 2023 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 38th Match at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

The 2023 World Cup clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh left cricket fans in shock as players from both teams refused to shake hands after the match. The heated encounter took place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, and tensions escalated throughout the game. This article delves into the events that transpired, the key players involved, their contrasting reactions, and the aftermath of this controversial incident.



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The Match and On-Field Arguments


The league stage game between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was marked by numerous on-field arguments and clashes between opposing players. These tensions reached a boiling point after Angelo Mathews fell victim to a timed-out dismissal. The dispute intensified when Mathews made a wristwatch gesture at Shakib Al Hasan after dismissing him.

Sri Lanka Captain's Discontent

Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis expressed his discontent with the umpires' decision regarding Angelo Mathews' dismissal. Mendis argued that there were only a few seconds left when Mathews came to the crease and that the umpires failed to make the correct decision. Mendis voiced his disappointment in the post-match comments, stating, "It's very disappointing... the umpires couldn't step in and make the correct decision."


Bangladesh Skipper's Defense

In contrast, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan defended his decision to appeal against Mathews' dismissal, citing that it was within the laws of the game. Shakib explained that one of their fielders informed him that appealing at that moment would result in Mathews being out. He took the opportunity to appeal, and when questioned by the umpires, he stood by his decision. Shakib stated, "It's in the laws... if it is in the rules, I don't mind taking those chances."

The Aftermath and Repercussions


The refusal to shake hands between the Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi players after the match added fuel to an already fiery encounter. A video shared on social media showed the players walking off in different directions, further highlighting the tension between the teams. This incident sparked debates and discussions among cricket enthusiasts worldwide, raising questions about sportsmanship and the spirit of the game.

The Final Matches

As the tournament progressed, Sri Lanka faced their last World Cup league game against New Zealand at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on November 9. Meanwhile, Bangladesh had a crucial match against Australia at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune on November 11. Both teams aimed to put the controversial clash behind them and focus on securing victory to advance in the tournament.


The refusal to shake hands between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh players after their fiery encounter at the 2023 World Cup sent shockwaves through the cricketing community. This incident serves as a reminder of the intense emotions and rivalries that can arise in competitive sports. As the tournament progresses, it remains to be seen how these teams will move forward and reconcile after this controversial incident.

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