Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) who are regarded as the backbone of cricketing laws might decide to review the overthrow rules after it triggered a massive controversy in the recently-concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between the hosts as well as the eventual winners England and New Zealand.
As per foreign media reports, it is learned that the infamous overthrow incident can be a topic of discussion by the MCC when they next review the laws of the game. The initiative will be taken by the MCC Laws sub-committee.
Let us look back at that moment which was arguably the turning point of the grand finale.
It happened in the final over of the second innings which was bowled by Trent Boult and a well-set Ben Stokes was on strike. The all-rounder had mistimed a full toss from Boult towards mid-wicket and ran for two. Martin Guptill covered the ground and threw it towards the wicket-keeper as Stokes put in a dive. However, as he put in a dive to save his wicket, the ball deflected from his bat and went towards the third man fence for four. Hence, England got six runs in one ball as their equation which had read 9 runs from 3 balls came down to 3 runs in 2 balls.
England were awarded six runs by the on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marias Erasmus. However, former ICC Elite Panel umpire and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year award-winner Simon Taufel went on to say that the umpires should not have given the extra run and that it should have only been five runs instead of six as the batsmen had not crossed when the fielder (Martin Guptill) had released the ball from the deep.
The match went into the Super Over as both teams were tied at the identical score of 241 after 100 overs of cricket. Even the Super Over ended in a tie and England were crowned new champions based on maximum boundary count.
The hosts got fourth time lucky after luck had eluded them in 1979, 1987 & 1992 respectively. At the same time, England also became the third host country after India (2011) and Australia (2015) to win the coveted trophy on home soil.
Meanwhile, New Zealand also became the third team to lose two straight World Cup finals. They had faltered at the final hurdle in the previous edition in 2015. England (1987 & 1992) and Sri Lanka (2007 & 2011) were the other two sides.