New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham mocked the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to dump the boundary countback rule in a hilarious tweet by making Titanic reference. He retweeted an update on the rule change, along with which he wrote that the next thing on the agenda would be a better binocular for the ice spotters on the Titanic which sank after hitting an iceberg. With that, the all-rounder meant to say that the rule has come up after the damage was done. New Zealand this year lost the 2019 Cricket World Cup final to England because of the same rule.
Next on the agenda: Better binoculars for the Ice spotters on the Titanic https://t.co/nwUp4Ks3Mp— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) October 14, 2019
The ICC on October 14 got rid of the boundary countback rule saying that it won't be a part of the ICC matches in the future. The rule decided the match-winner based on the number of boundaries scored by both teams if there is a tie in the super over. The team with more boundaries in that match is declared the winner according to the rule. From now onwards, if the super over ends in a tie, then there will be another super over till the time one team scores more than the other. The decision to scrap the rule was taken by the Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) after a recommendation from the ICC to make use of the repeated super overs as a way to decide the results at the matches. The procedure will be followed in all matches including both ODI and T20I World Cups. Ever since ICC announced its decision, many reactions have come.
In the year 2019, England celebrated as they won their first World-Cup against New Zealand in the finals. The WC final, that was played on July 14, remains one of the most exciting matches in the history of cricket. The match did not have a clear winner even after the super over. After all the thrill, the match-winner was decided on the basis of the boundary countback rule. England won the world cup since they scored 26 boundaries in the match whereas New Zealand scored 17 boundaries. The rule received criticism across the world as many felt it was not the right way to decide the winner.
So the boundary count rule is scrapped in favour of multiple super overs. There will be much celebration. I think the right decision has been made though the probability of what happened at the World Cup must have been almost impossibly low.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 14, 2019
(With inputs from ANI)