About three months ago, cricket fans all over the world held their breath as England and New Zealand faced each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup final.
What followed was a nerve-wracking match where both England and New Zealand gave their best and ended up with the same score. The Super Over was no help as the two teams scored the same number of runs, again!
Finally, England was declared the winner as it had hit more boundaries (across 50 overs as well as the Super Over).
The decision was criticized by fans as well as some of the most prominent names in cricket.
Finally, the International Cricket Council has decided to tweak the controversial boundary count rule.
According to the new rule, if the Super Over in a semifinal or a final match results in a tie, the teams will keep repeating the Super Over until there is a winner.
In a press release, the ICC informed that the ICC Cricket Committee and the Chief Executives’ Committee were of the view that the use of Super Over as a way to decide the winner at ICC events should continue.
Emphasizing more on the continuation of the Super Over, the release stated, “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.”
Shedding more light on the issue, it added that if a match in group stages is tied even after the Super Over, it will remain a tie. However, for the semifinal and final matches, the release stated that “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 there is a clear winner.
The decision has been welcomed by fans as well as those associated with the game. Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to favor the decision. “I felt this was important as it is a fair way to obtain a result when nothing else separates the 2 teams,” he wrote.