England team won the ICC World Cup 2019 in probably the most dramatic finishes to an ODI match of all time. However, the boundary count rule that gave them the unfair advantage over New Zealand, which created a huge controversy after the epic final.
ICC faced major backlash from fans around the world and cricket fraternity, as they expressed their displeasure with the ridiculous boundary count rule.
Difficult to digest this more boundary rule. Something like sudden death- continuous super overs till a result is a better solution. Understand, wanting a definite winner but sharing a trophy is better than deciding on more boundaries. Very tough on New Zealand. #EngVsNZ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 14, 2019
Rules for 2023 World Cup: if the two teams are still tied after super over and boundary count, the winner shall be decided by team's average weight, number of married guys and the respective captains' twitter following in that order.
— Roflindian (@Roflindian) July 14, 2019
So a World Cup is decided on the arbitrary ruling that boundaries are more important than wickets. Don’t ever tell me it’s not a batsman’s game. #cwc2019finalAdvertisement
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) July 14, 2019
— Praveen Sharma (@un_root) July 15, 2019
However, ICC has finally decided to scrap the rule in a recent meeting. After being recommended by ICC Cricket Committee headed by Anil Kumble, the Chief Executives’ Committee decided 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. But in Semifinals and Finals, the super over will be repeated until one team has more runs than the other.
Well, a little too late for New Zealand, but much needed.