ICC pass verdict on overthrow controversy: ICC have issues a statement with respect to the controversial decision in the last over.
Last Sunday witnessed the first-ever instance of England lifting the Cricket World Cup trophy. In a cliffhanger of a match, England beat New Zealand on the back of scoring more boundaries in the match.
While the nerve-wrenching match became the first World Cup final to get tied, its super over also getting tied called for a match for the ages. Despite scoring the same amount of runs and losing more wickets, England winning the match invited mixed reactions from the cricketing fraternity.
While the English team had not even stopped the celebration, legendary umpire Simon Taufel claimed in an interview that the on-field umpires “committed an error” when they awarded six runs as overthrows (in place of five) to England in the final over of the match.
“They [England] should have been awarded five runs, not six. It’s a clear mistake … it’s an error of judgment. In the heat of what was going on, they thought there was a good chance the batsmen had crossed at the instant of the throw,” Taufel was quoted as saying to Fox Sports.
ICC pass verdict on overthrow controversy
While ICC (International Cricket Council) hadn’t commented on the issue till now, they have finally issued an official statement on the same. While expecting them to take an action was too much to ask for, they have spoken on similar lines.
Determining the winner on boundaries was baffling enough, the umpires not knowing rules & officiating in a finals is a joke. That deflected overthrow was a 5 as Stokes hadn’t crossed d crease. For far too long they have got away with,’Umpires are only human’. This is unpardonable
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 15, 2019
“The umpires take decisions on the field with their interpretation of the rules and we don’t comment on any decisions as a matter of policy,” an ICC spokesperson was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au.