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ICC thrashed for "ridiculous" boundary-count rule

Last updated on: July 15, 2019 15:43 IST

'The real measure that was used for generations was least amount of wickets lost. So why have we changed that?'

New Zealand's Martin Guptill reacts as he is run out by Jos Buttler on the final ball of the Super Over during the ICC Cricket World Cup final between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on Sunday 

IMAGE: New Zealand's Martin Guptill reacts as he is run out by Jos Buttler on the final ball of the Super Over during the ICC Cricket World Cup final between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on Sunday. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Cricketers, including India's Rohit Sharma and former India opener Gautam Gambhir, came down heavily on the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its rule on boundary count that decided the World Cup winner after a pulsating final in London.

 

In a thrilling encounter on Sunday at the Lord's, England were adjudged the winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count -- 22 fours and two sixes --  to New Zealand's 16 after the epic final, and also the ensuing Super Over, ended in a tie.

"Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in," tweeted Indian opener Rohit Sharma on Monday.

The sentiment was shared by former opener Gambhir, who is now a parliamentarian.

"Don't understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final," Gambhir wrote on his twitter handle.

Yuvraj Singh also tweeted: "I don't agree with that rule ! But rules are rules congratulations to England on finally winning the World Cup, my heart goes out for the kiwis they fought till the end. Great game an epic final !!!! #CWC19Final," he wrote.

Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris was cryptic.

"Nice work @ICC ... you are a joke!!!," he wrote.

Indian spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi was also scathing in his criticism of the ICC rules.

"Grossly unimaginative ICC rules help #England win World Cup..Ideally it would have been better if both Eng & NZ were declared joint winners..& shared the Cup..as underdogs #NZ did more to create such an amazing result..while #Eng were expected to win hands down..Think ICC think!," he tweeted.

"The DL system is actually based on runs and wickets lost... yet the Final result is only based on Boundaries hit? Not fair in my opinion. Must have been great to watch!," wrote former Australian batsman Dean Jones.

Opting to bat, New Zealand had put up a modest 241 for eight. In reply, England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator.

In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes -- who kept the hosts in the game with a brilliant 84 off 98 balls -- and Jos Buttler made 15, and New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.

Former New Zealand cricketers were also left hugely disappointed by the ICC's rule, describing it as "absurd" and "unfortunate".

Former Black Caps all-rounder Dion Nash said he felt cheated after the finals.

"I feel really empty, and a bit cheated," he was quoted as saying in stuff.co.nz.

"Clearly, it's ridiculous... really absurd. It's about as random as tossing a coin."

Nash, however, said there was no point complaining as the rules were laid down much before the tournament.

"But you also have to look at it from the (view of the) people setting the rules. I mean who thinks it's going to be a draw, and then you draw in the Super Over? What are the chances?

"You can't complain, it was done at the start of the tournament. But I think that's probably indicative of where the game's mindset's at. Why not credit the guys who took the most wickets?

"The real measure that was used for generations was least amount of wickets lost. So why have we changed that?"

Kyle Mills, who was part of the 2015 team which lost its first-ever World Cup final to Australia, felt that the decision could have been on the basis of wickets lost.

"I guess the game of cricket is about runs and wickets and when the runs are tied, it'd be ideal then to take it back to how many wickets were lost," he said.

"It's just unfortunate. Those are the rules, we can't complain."

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