Cricket, Bollywood fraternity slam ICC’s rules after New Zealand denied World Cup title

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 0

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has embroiled itself in a huge controversy after England were adjudged the 2019 World Cup winners despite their final against New Zealand ending in a draw.

Long story short, New Zealand registered 241-8 in 50 overs after electing to bat first. Needing two off the final ball, England could only manage one as they were all out for 241 runs. In the super over that ensued, England set New Zealand a target of 16 runs. And while the Kiwis did manage to score 15, they were denied the title simply for the fact they scored lesser boundaries in the entire game.

No wonder, the decision attracted severe criticism on Twitter.

That wasn’t the only controversial decision of the game though. During the final over of England’s chase, a ball ricocheted off Ben Stokes’ bat and went for four, a moment of luck that favoured the hosts big time in the final over.

Stokes, who scored an unbeaten 84 before flaunting his big-hitting skills in the super over too, was apologetic following the incident.

“I said to Kane [Williams, New Zealand captain] I’ll be apologising for that for the rest of my life,” he was quoted as saying by Independent.co.uk.

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