The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday decided to tweak the Super Over rule for all its major events. This comes after the ICC was severely criticised over the outcome of the men’s World Cup final in July when England were declared winners against New Zealand on the basis of boundary count.
After the final and the Super Over ended in a tie, England were adjudged the winner on account of superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes — to New Zealand’s 16.
Fans and former cricketers slammed the ICC for its rule on boundary count. Gautam Gambhir had called it a “ridiculous” rule and said the final should have been a tie. Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris had called ICC a joke.
ICC has finally made changes to the rule and in case a situation arises where both teams are tied even after the Super Over in a final or semifinal, the Super Over will be repeated until there is a clear winner.
“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, according to PTI.
“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.”
Since this rule change announcement, several Twitter users have called for a rematch of the World Cup final or another Super Over.
Meanwhile, others are wondering what the New Zealand team and Kane Williamson are thinking about the rule change:
(With PTI inputs)