The World Cup 2019 final was a controversial affair as the on-field umpires erroneously rewarded six runs to England in the final over of the game when they should have awarded them one run less. The mistake was pointed out after the final was done and dusted.
Former Umpire Simon Taufel also pointed out the mistake and said that England were rewarded one extra run. That one run made a big difference as the match ended in a tie. Had the on-field umpires made a correct decision, things could have been different but unlike Olympic sports, an award cannot be taken back once it is given.
For the first time since that controversy, ICC has reacted to the matter and the apex board decided not to comment on umpires’ decision. “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 told AAP.
In the final over of the match, a throw from Martin Guptill hit Ben Stokes’ bat. The ball deflected of his bat and raced away to the boundary. Now as per the rules, England were well within rights to get a boundary and one run. But since the batsmen had run two, England were rewarded six runs.
As per the rules, they should have been awarded five runs as the batsmen had not crossed. This on-field error played a huge role in deciding the world champions. The match ended in a tie with both the teams finishing on a score of 241.
For the first time in history, a super over was conducted in ODIs. The super over also ended in a tie since both the teams scored 15 runs each. The Three Lions were adjudged as the world champions as they had scored more boundaries than Blackcaps.
The controversies in the World Cup final 2019 might see ICC revisiting some of the rules as the on-field umpires made a number of a number of wrong decisions in the summit clash. Also, adjudging the winner of the final on the basis of boundary counts was also not the best thing for the game.