In a neck to neck fight, New Zealand lost against England even after reaching to the equal points, all thanks to ICC. For those, who didn’t watch the match, let us tell you that, New Zealand gave a target of 241 runs by losing 8 wickets to England in the World Cup final match. In their defence, England played exactly like New Zealand and ended their innings on 241 as well by losing all wickets.
To break the tie to get a final winner a super over was played between the two teams. England took the bat first and made 15 runs. Jos Buttler scored 7 runs including a boundary and Ben Stokes scored 8 runs including a boundary. Then New Zealand played its Super Over and made 15 runs with James Neesham’s 13 runs including a sixer, Martin Guptill’s 1 run and one extra run.
After England played its Super Over, ICC made a rule that there will be no Super Over again if the match will be a tie again and the team with a maximum number of boundaries in the match will lift the World Cup trophy.
Following this rule of Boundary Count, even after making equal runs both in their innings and in super over New Zealand lost against England. This rule made by ICC received a backlash from the cricket fans all over the world as they termed it ‘unfair’. There was a lot of discussion surrounding the Boundary Count rule and many reckoned it to be unfair to determine the final of a World Cup. Here are some of the reactions: