Cricket's super over

Cricket's super over

Friday, October 18, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Remember the 50 over World Cup in England, the one in which England and New Zealand played in a nail-biting, jaw-dropping finals?

It took a super over to help decide the winner and, even at the end, the scores were still tied. England were eventually declared the winners by virtue of hitting more boundaries; winning on the count-back.

Whilst the coaching staff and players of both teams would have been well aware of the boundary count-back rule, spectators were left bemused and befuddled at how England became champions with the scores still tied.

Eventually the count back rule explanation came and the criticisms followed. For many, the count-back rule was no way to decide a championship, and called for the abolition of the super over.

A view of sharing the title was also expressed as a better option, but the World Cup decides the best team in the world; there cannot be two best. Imagine a FIFA World Cup finals with Brazil and their nemesis Argentina sharing the title — unheard of; a single champion is needed.

In a move to allay all fears of a similar situation occurring in future tournaments, cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has amended the super over regulations. In the article 'No more boundary count back as ICC changes super over regulations', published on, it was stated that, “After board meetings in Dubai, the ICC resolved that in semi-finals and finals in future global tournaments, if the teams score the same number of runs in their super overs, the super over will be repeated until one team wins.” This rule change removes the issue of winning on a technicality and, importantly, ensures there is only one winner.

As penalty shoot-out is to football, so is the super over to cricket; the super over is a welcome addition to the limited overs game, providing the thrill and all the excitement a game of sport can deliver. Credit must go to the ICC for acting swiftly and amending rather than abolishing the rule. Abolishing it would be a disservice to cricket lovers and prospective fans of the sport, by amending the super over regulations, the ICC has provided fans with the opportunity of more tension-filled drama and in the process ensuring that the better team on the day is the one that is crowned champions.

Kemar Bogle

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