Kumble-led ICC Committee to talk about boundary count rule

The International Cricket Council’s Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee is well aware of the controversial World Cup final between England and New Zealand where England were adjudged the winners on the basis of boundary count back rule after the regular 50-over and super over ended in a tie at the Lord’s.

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The world cup final which got over on July 14 has been the talking point even today. The Kmble-led committee will discuss these issues concerning the epic World Cup final, including the controversial boundary countback rule, in its upcoming meeting. The news was confirmed by the apex body’s general manager of cricket, Geoff Allardice.

In a nail-biting encounter that kept the cricket fans at the edge of their seats, England were finally adjudged the winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count rule- where they smashed 22 fours and two sixes. New Zealand could muster as many as 17.

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“The cricket committee will consider any issues arising from the World Cup final when it next meets (in the first quarter of 2020),” Allardice was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“A Super Over has been used to determine a winner in a tied match in ICC events since 2009 (replacing the bowl-out), and the tiebreaker after a tied Super Over needed to be derived from something that happened in that particular match. So it has always related to the number of boundaries scored in the match.” He said adding that the boundary countback rule was maintained as it is in practice in T20 leagues globally.

“Almost all the T20 leagues around the world also use boundaries as the tiebreaker in their Super Overs. We wanted to use the same Super Over regulations that are used across all professional cricket and that’s why it was the way it was. Whether it should be different is something that our cricket committee will consider at some point,” Allardice said.

The ICC’s chief executives committee (CEC) did not really discuss at its annual conference on whether sharing the World Cup trophy could be a better option in future. “No, that wasn’t discussed.

The consistent view has been that the World Cup final needs a winner, and a Super Over was in the playing conditions to decide a tied final in each of the last three World Cups,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that he has been looking forward to playing the historic ICC World Test Championship, which starts with the Ashes on August 1, and Allardice termed it “encouraging”.

“Yes, it is very encouraging to hear those comments. I know players love playing Test cricket. For the first time, there is a real context to the matches they play that extends beyond a particular series.

“I know the Test rankings have done a good job over a long period of time in the sense of identifying the best team, but to be able to compete on a points table and play for a spot in the final will add a new element to Test cricket and will make it more interesting to people from the countries not involved in that particular match,” Allardice said.

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