On Sunday, June 17, the T20I match between Ireland and Scotland ended in a tie despite having a super over facility. The thrilling encounter finished with shaking hands between captains although the match was not at all complete.
Under the ICC playing conditions for T20Is adopted on September 28, 2017, Law 16.3.1 reads, “If the scores are equal, the result shall be a tie and no account shall be taken of the number of wickets that have fallen. In the event of a tied match, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine the winner.”
The incident, however, has led International Cricket Council to apologize to Ireland and Scotland for the error.
As per reports in ESPNcricinfo, an ICC spokesperson said, “The match officials misinterpreted the T20I playing conditions which prevented the Super Over taking place following a tied match. This was a genuine oversight for which the ICC offers its sincere apologies to both Scotland and Ireland. We have picked up the matter with the officials and will mitigate against this happening in the future.”
Scotland had posted a commanding total of 185/4 which is the highest in T20Is against Ireland, courtesy to the batting effort of George Munsey (46), Kyle Coetzer (54) and Calum MacLeod (46).
In reply, Paul Stirling’s brilliant 81 off 41 deliveries helped Ireland to reach near the target before Safyan Sharif who turned the game in favor of Scotland once again in the match.