Captains of both teams felt that the final game was an unfortunate way to end the tournament.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to hold a meeting to discuss some rules especially the ‘boundary count’ that helped England win the tournament and lift their very first trophy. The final game of the World Cup went into a Super Over, where both teams ended up tieing each other at 15. However, because England had a superior boundary count over the Kiwis, they ended up winning. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that it was unfair and unfortunate that the game ended that way.
Geoff Allardice, ICC’s general manager, said that the matter will be discussed in a future meeting. He also said that the reason they replaced the Bowled-Out rule with the Super-Over rule in 2009 was that “...a tied Super Over needed to be derived from something that happened in that particular match. So, it has always related to the number of boundaries scored in the match.”
He later added that “almost all the T20 leagues around the world also use boundaries as the tie-breaker in their Super Overs. We wanted to use the same Super Over regulations that are used across all professional cricket and that’s why it was the way it was. Whether it should be different is something that our cricket committee will consider at some point.”
The ‘boundary count’ rule has been heavily contested since England won the recent World Cup in this manner. It replaced the bowl-out that would decide the winner in a tied ODI match. To find out more about the different game formats, visit Betwala’s page.
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