Wednesday, November 08, 2023
The Rawalpindi Traffic Police came up with a creative helmet warning for motorcyclists after Angelo Mathews' headgear controversy that timed him out in a World Cup match.
The Sri Lankan became the first batter in the history of international cricket to be timed out after he failed to be ready to face the ball within two minutes of the previous dismissal.
Given the opportunity, Pindi traffic police were swift to benefit from it and warn the motorcyclists to always use a good quality helmet to stay safe in any untoward situation.
"Sorry, but a good helmet can save you from being timed out. A helmet is not only necessary for a motorcyclist, it is also mandatory," the awareness message shared by Rawalpindi Traffic Police read.
The message was written on Mathews' picture while tackling his helmet in the World Cup match.
What happened during the Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh match was that Mathews was ready to take strike when the strap of his helmet broke.
The former Sri Lanka captain called for a new helmet and while that wait ensued, Shakib appealed with the umpires consequently ruling the batter timed out.
This is because of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup rule 40.1.1 which says when a batter is dismissed, the newcomer should be ready to face a ball within two minutes of the fall of a wicket but Mathews failed to ensure that due to the helmet glitch.