- ICC has decided to scrap the rule which saw England win this year's World Cup.
- England and New Zealand played out a super-over after the match was tied. The super-over was also tied and the winner was declared based on who score more boundaries in that game.
- Under the new rule, super-overs will be repeated until one team has more runs than the other team.
The controversial rule that saw England lift the ICC World Cup 2019 merely on boundaries has finally been scrapped. The rule had created a lot of stir among cricket enthusiasts after England and New Zealand faced off in the finals of the World Cup this year which came down to the Super-overs, and the match remained tied even after the same.
England had to be declared as the winners since they had scored more boundaries than New Zealand had in the match
Under the new rule, in the knockout games, a super-over will be replayed if the super-over is tied. This means, there will be another super-over if both the teams are still level on runs after the initial super-over.
ICC changes super over rule for all its major events following uproar over the outcome of the men's World Cup final this year when England were declared winners against New Zealand on boundary count; Now, any Super Over in a final will be repeated until one side score more runs. pic.twitter.com/J7hP55EqDb
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) October 14, 2019
What led to the change of the controversial rule?
In the finals of the Cricket World Cup 2019, New Zealand was batting first and set a target of 241 for England to chase. The English managed to chase down the target, but they were tied on the score, which meant a super-over had to be played. Batting first in the super-overs again, New Zealand scored 15 runs for the loss of a wicket. England again managed to hit 15 runs to tie the score. Subsequently, England were declared winners, as they had scored 26 boundaries and the Kiwis had only scored 17 boundaries in that match.
At the ICC headquarters in Dubai, a decision was finally taken to scrap this rather unfair rule. The aim of super-overs is to decide a winner based on who has scored more runs over their opponents.
If a super-over were to get tied in a group match, then the game would be declared as a tie. Only 2 times in the knockouts of World Cup, teams have had to play the super-overs. One was back in 1999 in the semi-finals when Australia and South Africa played out one of the most thrilling encounters in cricket history. Australia eventually went through to the finals of that year’s World Cup. The second time it happened was in this year’s finals.
Super-overs are seemingly once in a blue moon phenomenon, but the rules that have finally been introduced are welcome for any team that will probably find themselves in a situation that England and New Zealand did.
The Kiwis would be wishing that the World Cup finals were a day after the announcement of this rule, won’t they?