ICC scraps boundary count rule that invited criticism in 2019 World Cup final

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Author 2019-10-15 10:07:00

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The contentious boundary count rule that resulted in England winning the 2019 World Cup despite the final against New Zealand ending in a tie has been scrapped by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will no longer be used at future ICC events.

The ICC's Chief Executive Committee on Monday however agreed that the use of a Super Over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained. "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," an ICC release said.

"In group stages, if the Super Over is tied, the match will be tied. In Semi Finals and Finals, 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 one team has more runs than the other."

In the 2019 World Cup final, widely rated since as the greatest ever to have decided the tournament in its history, England managed to tie the target of 242 that was set for them by New Zealand. The Super Over also ended in a tie but England's tally of 22 boundaries against New Zealand's 17 in the match helped the hosts win the title for the first time in its history.

In other decisions taken at the ICC Board meetings in Dubai on Monday, Zimbabwe and Nepal have been readmitted as ICC Members. Nepal had been suspended in 2016 for violating ICC regulations requiring government non-interference and free and fair elections.

The ICC Board also approved a $30.5 million funding allocation for Associate Members for 2020, which represents a 12% like for like increase in 2019.

The release states, ”The money, which will be distributed according to the Associate Member scorecard competition and grant model, will support all aspects of the development of the game in 92 countries focusing on participation and improving the competitiveness of international cricket.”

With IANS inputs

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