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England’s World Cup win clouded by ICC rule controversy

July 17, 2019

England's win at the World Cup 2019 cricket tournament has been clouded by the controversy that has erupted over whether a World Cup final should be decided on the highest number of boundaries hit by any side. In fact, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson did not even know about it when he lost the final on the field?

Many cricketing experts have criticised the rules. Ex- cricketers Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Australian Dean Jones to Brett Lee spoke out on social media against the rules.

Don't understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule. Should have been a tie. - Gautam Gambhir, Former cricketer

"It's a horrible way to decide the winner. This rule has to change," said Lee, who won the Cup it in 2003 after New Zealand lost because they hit fewer boundaries than England. This was the only way to decide the winners after 100 overs and a Super Over couldn't break the deadlock.

Sanjay Manjrekar felt there should not have been one winner but two because no one lost. The sentiment was shared by Bishan Singh Bedi, the former India captain and selector. Yuvraj Singh also said that the ICC should take a re-look at the rules.

While the New Zealand captain maintained a calm front, fellow teammate Jimmy Neesham took to Twitter to post emotional messages for his supporters. "Sorry we couldn't deliver what you so badly wanted" and later added, "Kids, don't take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy."

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