The controversial throw will be reviewed by the ICC in September
The ICC Cricket World Cup finals match between England and New Zealand is one of the most talked-about matches in cricket this year. Lord’s Cricket Ground in London was ground zero for the World Cup finals match between the two teams.
England needed nine runs from three balls in the final minutes of the game. This is when the controversial overthrow happened. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill throws the ball towards the wickets, hits Ben Stokes’ bat, and eventually touches the boundary rope.
Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marias Erasmus decided to award England six runs to the batting side (England) after Guptill’s throw. The match ended with both teams tied by 241 runs. A Super Over was played to break the tie but New Zealand and England tied again by 15 runs. England was finally crowned as world champions because they had more boundaries than New Zealand.
Guptill’s overthrow raised issues right after the World Cup finals match ended. Cricket fans and experts called out the decision of the umpires during the match. England should have had only five runs instead of six. The ICC (International Cricket Council) finally decided to revisit the controversial decision of the umpires. MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Chairman Mike Gatting told the media that the review will happen in September this year.
“The WCC (World Cricket Committee) discussed Law 19.8 in relation to overthrows, in the context of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final. WCC felt that the Law was clear but the matter will be reviewed by the Laws sub-committee in September 2019,” said Gatting.
The result of the review will not likely affect the results of the World Cup finals. England will still hold the title as the winner of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 regardless. If you want to know more about ongoing cricket tournaments, visit Betwala’s page.
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