In the wake of the boundary-count rule drama in the super over of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand in July, the International Cricket Council on Monday decided to tweak the super over rule.
England were declared World Champions on the boundary count even as the scores in the super over were tied.
The Eoin Morgan-led England and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand were tied at 241 before the match headed into the super over. The super over also ended in a tie as both the teams scored 15 runs.
ICC, following the final. faced criticism from the fans and some of the former players over the controversial rule.
On Monday, ICC decided to tweak the rule wherein if there is a tie even after the super over in the semifinal or the final of the ICC event, the super over will be repeated untill there is a clear winner of the match.
“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,” the ICC said after its board meeting here.
“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 board also decided that the eight-year cycle, beginning in 2023, will now see eight men’s and women’s events each in addition to four men’s and women’s under-19 events.
“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,” said Shashank Manohar, ICC chairman.
“It will provide 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.”