A major controversy emerged due to a perceived misinterpretation of rules which resulted in umpires awarding England one extra run in World Cup 2019 final on Sunday.
Ever since England won their maiden World Cup on Sunday, many people have questioned the rules set by International Cricket Council (ICC) and its interpretation by the on-field umpires. A major controversy emerged due to perceived misinterpretation of rules by the on-field umpires, which resulted in them awarding England one extra run. ICC for the first time has reacted on the overthrow controversy. Responding to the issue, an ICC spokesperson said it was against the policy to “comment on any decisions (made by the umpires)”.
The spokesperson also added that on-field umpires take decisions based on their interpretation of the rules laid in the ICC rule book.
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.
The Biggest Controversy
The biggest controversy surrounding England’s title triumph came to everyone’s notice when former umpire Simon Taufel claimed that England were awarded one run extra after the ball had deflected off diving Ben Stokes’ bat.
Taufel, a five-time winner of ICC’s Umpire of the Year Award, had said that on-field umpires had made a “clear mistake” when they awarded England six runs instead of five.
Taufel was referring to ICC’s Law 19.8 which clearly states that batsmen are awarded one run extra only if the batsmen have crossed when the fielder releases the ball.
England batsmen Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid had not crossed when Martin Guptill threw the ball and hence should have only been awarded five runs, including four overthrows.
But on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena awarded England six runs on the third-last delivery and also brought Ben Stokes on the strike which helped them tie the match in the regulation 50 overs.
England was declared the winners on the basis of their superior boundary count after 102 overs of play couldn’t separate the two teams.
Notably, New Zealand captain and his teammates have been widely praised for the grace with which they accepted the gut-wrenching defeat.