Sachin welcomes 'Super Over' rule change by ICC

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-16 13:26:00

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NEW DELHI: He was the first to recommend it and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday welcomed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to stop boundary count as a way of deciding the result of tied matches during the knockout stages of its global tournaments like the World Cup.

The ICC had on Monday changed the 'Super Over' rule for all its major tournaments following the uproar over the outcome of the men's World Cup final in July, when England were declared the winners against New Zealand by virtue of hitting more boundaries after both the regulation period (50 overs each) and the Super Over ended in a tie.

After the board meetings in Dubai, the ICC decided that in semifinals and finals of future global tournaments, if the teams score the same number of runs in their Super Overs, the process will be repeated until one side wins.

"I felt this was important as it is a fair way to obtain a result when nothing else separates the 2 teams," Tendulkar tweeted in favour of the move.

England were adjudged winners of the July 14 final owing to more number of boundaries -- 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand's 17 -- after the regulation game and the ensuing Super Over ended in a tie.

Two days later, Tendulkar endorsed a second Super Over to decide the winner instead of applying the boundary-count rule.

Many former players and fans criticised the rule after the nerve-wracking final, prompting the game's governing body to rethink.

The ICC on Monday said in a statement: "In group stages, if the Super Over is tied, the match will be tied. In semifinals 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."

The change, however, did not find favour with New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and the team's former batting coach Craig McMillan, both of whom mocked it as a decision late in the day.

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