World Cup 2019 Final: Former cricketers have slammed ICC for its boundary-count rule that was featured in the ICC Cricket World Cup Final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. After Eoin Morgan-led hosts equalled 241, a Super Over came into effect. Interestingly, the magic over was also tied. But England were declared winner as they had scored 22 boundaries in the match as compared to 16 of New Zealand.

It was for the first time that the rule of counting boundaries was applied to the match. However, it did not go well with former cricketers who came down heavily on the cricket governing body. Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris was the first to react over the boundary rule. In a tweet, he called ICC a joke.

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir while calling it a ridiculous rule, said that he does not understand how the World Cup final is decided. He opened that the match should have been a tie.

Gambhir’s colleague Yuvraj Singh also disagreed with the ICC’s rule of declaring winner on the basis of scoring more boundaries. Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones also called the rule as unfair. He said that when the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method is actually based on runs and wickets lost, but still the final result is based on boundaries hit.

Meanwhile, New Zealand needed 16 runs in the Super Over. Kane Williamson sent James Neesham and Martin Guptill to the ground. Both the batsmen scored 15 and Guptill gave his wicket while running to score a double.

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