ICC Committee to Discuss on an Important Rule in the Next Meeting

Following the World Cup epic final game that resulted in the favor of England winning their first ever World Cup title, it was a very outlandish rule that decided the fate of the match. England were adjudged the winner on the basis of more number of boundaries they hit during their innings and the super over, that included 22 fours and 2 sixes.

In the development of the event, ICC’s Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will discuss issues concerning the epic World Cup final, including the controversial boundary count back rule, in its next meeting, said the apex body’s General Manager of Cricket Geoff Allardice. He also confirmed that issues concerning the World Cup final clash will also be discussed in the next meeting that is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2020.

“The cricket committee will consider any issues arising from the World Cup final when it next meets (in the first quarter of 2020),” Allardice said in an interview.

“A Super Over has been used to determine a winner in a tied match in ICC events since 2009 (replacing the bowl-out), and the tiebreaker after a tied Super Over needed to be derived from something that happened in that particular match. So it has always related to the number of boundaries scored in the match.” He further added. 

On being asked about the solution of the issue related to Super Over ending on tie, “No, that wasn’t discussed. The consistent view has been that the World Cup final needs a winner, and a Super Over was in the playing conditions to decide a tied final in each of the last three World Cups,” Allardice said.

“Almost all the T20 leagues around the world also use boundaries as the tiebreaker in their Super overs. We wanted to use the same Super Over regulations that are used across all professional cricket and that’s why it was the way it was. Whether it should be different is something that our cricket committee will consider at some point,” He quoted this by saying  ESPNcricinfo. 

On Virat Kohli’s keen interest towards World Test Championship that begins with Ashes Series on August 1, Allardice said that this is encouraging to see. 

“Yes, it is very encouraging to hear those comments. I know players love playing Test cricket. For the first time there is a real context to the matches they play that extends beyond a particular series”

“I know the Test rankings have done a good job over a long period of time in the sense of identifying the best team, but to be able to compete on a points table and play for a spot in the final will add a new element to Test cricket and will make it more interesting to people from the countries not involved in that particular match,” Allardice said.

But it would be interesting to see what the Kumble led committee will conclude on the World Cup finale catastrophe that spread outrage among the cricket fans. 

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