ICC finally changes ‘boundary count’ rule to decided tied matches, Kiwi players mock the late decision

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has poked fun at the International Cricket Council (ICC) after they scrapped the controversial boundary rule, which saw the Black Caps lose the 2019 World Cup final against England.

“Next on the agenda: Better binoculars for the ice spotters on the Titanic,” Neesham wrote on Twitter on Tuesday with a link to a story about the rule change.

The July 14 World Cup final at Lord’s between England and New Zealand finished in a tie. The Super Over also ended in a tie but England’s tally of 22 boundaries (fours and sixes combined) against New Zealand’s 17 throughout the match helped the hosts win the title for the first time in their history.

However, on Monday, the ICC scrapped the contentious boundary rule and stated that it will not be used in future ICC events.

“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,” said an ICC media release.

Like Neesham, former New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan was also irked with ICC’s decision. “Bit late ICC,” McMillan tweeted, before drawing attention to another controversial moment when England scored bonus four runs via the bat of Ben Stokes as he dived to beat a Martin Guptill throw at the stumps.