World Cup final row prompts Cricket Australia to opt for multiple Super Overs in Big Bash League
The winner of the ICC World Cup final this year was decided by counting the number of boundaries hit by England and New Zealand in the match as the Super Over ended in a tie as well. This rule received considerable backlash as many felt it was an unfair way to decide the winner.
In light of this, Cricket Australia has now decided that they will not use this rule in the Big Bash League this season. They will rather go with multiple Super Overs to decide the winner.
Cricket Australia on Tuesday said that under the new rules, if two teams are tied at the end of a final and then again after a Super Over, subsequent Super Overs will be played until there is a clear winner in both the men’s and women’s T20 leagues.
The new rule applies to all matches in the finals series, while a tied Super Over in a regular season game will see the points divided.
At Lord’s in July, New Zealand scored 241/8 and bowled out England for 241.
Under World Cup final rules, the tied match went to a Super Over in which the best batsmen of one team try to score the most runs against a nominated bowler from the other.
Both teams scored 15 runs in Super Over but England won on a countback of boundaries scored during the match. England won the World Cup title for the first time, but there were many critics of the tiebreaker formula.
International Cricket Council chief executive Geoff Allardice said earlier this year that its Cricket Committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble and featuring former players such as Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardena, Rahul Dravid and Shaun Pollock, will “consider issues arising from the World Cup final” at their next meeting in early 2020.
That could leave open the possibility that the boundary countback rule could be changed ahead of the men’s T20 World Cup, to be played in Australia in October-November 2020.