Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has acted to make changes to the Super Over rule that created a major controversy in the ICC World Cup 2019 final in July this year.

England defeated New Zealand on boundary count to lift the World Cup at Lord’s on July 14. The trophy went to the hosts after the actual final and the following Super Over both ended in ties. England hit 24 boundaries (22 fours, two sixes) while the Kiwis had 17 (14 fours, three sixes).

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According to the rules, if a Super Over is tied, a team that has scored more boundaries will be declared winners. With a global event’s final decided on boundaries, there was huge controversy with former cricketers and fans slamming the ICC for the rule. They had called for rule changes and now the world cricket body has acted after the ICC Board meeting in Dubai on Monday (October 14).

As per the new rules, if a Super Over is tied then the teams will continue to play Super Overs till there is a clear winner, based on the number of runs scored.

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In a media release, ICC said, “Following on from a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, the Chief Executives’ Committee agreed that use of the Super Over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained. Both the Cricket Committee and CEC agreed it was an exciting and engaging conclusion to the game and will remain in place covering all games at both ODI and T20I World Cups.

“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.”