ICC scraps boundary count in change to Super Over rule

The ICC move comes three months after England beat New Zealand on boundary count in the World Cup final after the two teams were tied after the Super Over.

Jason Roy and Jos Buttler combined to run out Martin Guptill to force a tie in the Super Over in the World Cup final at Lord's.   -  AFP

It has come three months after a major tournament final was decided by boundary count, but the International Cricket Council on Monday tweaked the Super Over rule for all its major events. England beat New Zealand on the basis of scoring more boundaries (fours and sixes) in its allotted 50 overs and the Super Over combined.

Following that nerve-wracking final, the ICC faced the wrath of fans and former players over the controversial rule.

Now it has finally made changes to the rule and in case a situation arises where both teams are tied even after the Super Over in a final or semifinal, the Super Over will be repeated until there is a clear winner.

Read: How the CWC final Super Over played out?

“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. 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,” the ICC said after its board meeting here.

“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 board also decided that the eight-year cycle commencing in 2023 will comprise eight men’s events, eight women’s events, four men’s U19 events and four women’s U19 events.

“In examining a whole range of options, the Board felt a major men’s and women’s event each year will bring consistency to our calendar whilst complementing bilateral cricket, giving our sport a strong future foundation,” said ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.

“It will provide clear structure and context to enable the growth of the sport and greater engagement opportunities for all of our stakeholders. The move towards a bidding model will give equal opportunities to all members to host ICC events post 2023.”