“It was a scary thing” – Kane Williamson on ICC World Cup Final 2019
One of the most exciting matches in the history of the one-day World Cup finals has taken place some months ago between England and New Zealand in England. For the first time the final match was tied and the match went for the super over. But there was also a tie in the super over. Under the rules, England were declared victorious on the basis of a boundary countback. However, the ICC had to face widespread criticism for that rule.
This was a great chance for the two teams to win the trophy for the first time in their history in this World Cup. But New Zealand were disappointed with the boundary countback rule. While not saying anything at that time, skipper Kane Williamson opened his mouth this time. He said such calculations were ‘not really cricket’.
The Kiwis are playing a complete series against England at home after the World Cup. “I really believe nobody would think it’s going to happen,” Williamson said before the first Test of the series. “Sadly, this is the case. One time you will wonder how these decisions were made. Perhaps one of the few ideas was chosen in the room. The thing blew in my imagination and it was a scary thing.”
“I thought it was visible to everyone and it probably never will be. It is not really cricket and I believe both teams accepted it (in the negative sense). It was very difficult. But our match was great and competitive.”
Meanwhile, the global governing body of cricket, ICC changed the rules last October. This rule is no longer in place at any subsequent event of the ICC.