MUMBAI: Well, we all remember the dramatic World Cup final between England and New Zealand. Both the teams played equally well and we mean that literally. England had a controversial win but now the rule that made them champions of the World Cup 2019 has now been dropped for all the major events.
England and NZ tied in its allotted 50 overs and then again, the match drew in the super over. The former took the World Cup home as their number of boundaries was more than that of the latter and this was what the super-over rule said.
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People all over the world were disappointed at this as they felt it was unfair with the team that put an equal effort to lift the cup. International Cricket Council faced a lot of criticism over this controversial rule but now it has made amendments.
According to the new rule of the super over, the winner won’t be decided on boundary counts. If in any match of major events, super over remains tied too then it will be continued until a clear winner emerges.
Explaining the new rule, ICC said,
“Following on from a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, the Chief Executives’ Committee agreed that use of the Super Over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained. Both the Cricket Committee and CEC agreed it was an exciting and engaging conclusion to the game and will remain in place covering all games at both ODI and T20I World Cups. In group stages, if the Super Over is tied, the match will be tied. In semi-finals and finals, there is one change to the Super Over-regulation in keeping with the basic principle of scoring more runs than the opponent to win, the Super Over will be repeated until one team has more runs than the other.”
The new rule would fairly conclude to a winner and we are sure that everybody will be pleased to hear these modifications. Nothing can be done about the match that took place three months back but this rule will make sure that no similar situation arises in any future tournaments.