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Kiwi Neesham mocks ICC after Super Over rule change

October 15, 2019 12:31 IST

Martin Guptill

IMAGE: A dejected New Zealand opener Martin Guptill after losing the World Cup final against England. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham on Tuesday mocked the International Cricket Council after the world body decided to scrap the controversial boundary count rule that saw his team lose the ICC World Cup final to England in a controversial finish earlier this year.

The ICC tweaked the Super Over rule for all its major events following the uproar over the outcome of the World Cup final in July when England were declared winners against New Zealand on boundary count after both the match and the Super Over finished in a tie.

 

The two teams had headed into the Super Over after the final finiished in a tie. Incidentally, the Super Over also ended in a tie, before England were crowned champions on account of a superior boundary count.

"Next on the agenda: Better binoculars for the ice spotters on the Titanic," tweeted Neesham along with a link about the news of the change in the ICC rule regarding Super Over.

The Kane Willamson-led side was left heartbroken after losing out on the World Cup title by the narrowest of margins.

Neesham was one of the New Zealand batsman who featured in that super over.

Former New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan, whose final match with the Black Caps was the Lord's decider, was also unimpressed.

"Bit late ICC," he tweeted.

McMillan also brought up the issue of the controversial overthrow which saw England being awarded six runs in the final over.

It was a Martin Guptill throw which got deflected and raced towards the boundary as Stokes dived to make it to the crease.

"How about fixing the other rule issue ICC...... a dead ball once the ball has hit/deflected from a batsman?" McMillian said.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said he was pleased to see ICC come up with a better solution following the controversial World Cup final.

"It's good that future World Cup tie-breakers will be decided on the field. We can't change the past; what's happened has happened but we're pleased to see the ICC employing a better solution," White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

The ICC announced that now in case a situation arises where both teams are tied even after the Super Over in a final or semi-final, then the Super Over will be repeated until there is a clear winner.

"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 ICC said after their board meeting on Monday.

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