ICC Super Over Rule Change Is 'Too Late' For New Zealand
The controversial 'super over' rule has been changed by the International Cricket Council but New Zealand’s former batting coach says there’s a another issue to fix.
During the ICC World Cup in England this year, the winner was decided in a farcical super over that saw both teams remain tied.
England were crowned world champs over New Zealand because despite both teams scoring 15 runs, England had more boundaries (fours and sixes).
The International Cricket Council has now confirmed changes to the super over rule, following the England v NZ controversy.
In the event of tied scores after a super over, instead of the boundary count-back used in the World Cup, the two teams will repeat a super over until one side has more runs.
"Following on from a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, the Chief Executives' Committee agreed that use of the super over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained," an ICC statement said.
"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 T20 World Cups.
"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."
Former New Zealand cricket batting coach Craig McMillan said the decision was "too late", and also questioned the dead ball rule.
England were also awarded six runs after an overthrow hit English layer Ben Stoke's bat, many believed the ball should have been out of play (a dead ball) once it made contact with the bat.
"How about fixing the other rule issue @ICC......a dead ball once the ball has hit/deflected from a batsman??," McMillan tweeted.
Black Caps all-rounder James Neesham also joked about the rule change on Twitter, seeming to point out the obvious need for the rule change.
"Next on the agenda: Better binoculars for the Ice spotters on the Titanic," he said.
Since events of the final, the Big Bash League has amended the rules for their next competition, and this ruling will now be implemented across all limited-overs competitions.