Who can forget the controversial Word Cup final between England and New Zealand, where England won the World Cup under ICC boundary count rule after a thrilling super over.
After facing the backlash and criticism from all corners, finally, ICC took note and abolished the boundary count rule.
Under the new ICC rules, if the scores are levelled, the result will be determined by the super over, even if scores are levelled in super over, there will be another super over, until clear match winner isn’t determined.
The rules shall be followed in the upcoming tours. Though the multiple super-over rule will be implemented only in the semi-finals and final. If the match gets tied in a super over in the league match, the points will be shared by both the teams.
The ICC faced the anger from the fans, experts and cricket experts after the Controversial world cup final. After the board meeting, here is what ICC had to say about the new rule,
“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 semifinals 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 board laid huge emphasis on the so-called 8-year cycle that includes 8 men tournaments, 8 women’s tournament, 4 Under 19 tournaments (men) and 4 Under 19 women’s tournaments.
ICC also announced a steep hike in women’s prize money, especially the prize money for the 2021 Women’s World Cup that shall increase from $2 million to $3.5m.
The next big announcement was the inclusion of Zimbabwe and Nepal as a member of the ICC after being suspended a few months back.
Here is what ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said “In examining a whole range of options, the Board felt a major men’s and women’s event each year will bring consistency to our calendar whilst complementing bilateral cricket, giving our sport a strong future foundation,”
“It will provide a clear structure and context to enable the growth of the sport and greater engagement opportunities for all of our stakeholders. The move towards a bidding model will give equal opportunities to all members to host ICC events post 2023.”, he further added.