On Monday, the custodians of the game’s laws, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced that the throw by Martin Guptill from the deep that reflected off Ben Stokes’ bat to the boundary during the final over of the ICC World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand.
The overthrow rules drew MCC’s attention after New Zealand suffered the loss due to that accidental last-over overthrow that went for four after getting a deflection off Stokes’ bat, which helped England to level the scores and the match into Super Over and eventually they lifted the trophy via boundary count.
In a recent statement, MCC said, “The WCC (World Cricket Committee) discussed Law 19.8 in relation to overthrows, in the context of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final. WCC felt that the Law was clear but the matter will be reviewed by the Laws sub-committee in September 2019.”
Chasing New Zealand’s 241, the equation came down to England requiring nine runs from the final three balls when a throw by Guptill deflected off diving Stokes’ bat for a boundary. On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marias Erasmus awarded England six runs in total, two runs ran by the batsmen and four for the overthrow.
But former ICC Elite Panel umpire Simon Taufel said as per the rules, the England team should have awarded with just five runs instead of six as the batsmen didn’t cross when Guptill released the ball from deep.
Under the leadership of former England skipper, Mike Gatting, the MCC World Cricket Committee met at the Lord’s on Sunday and Monday, but former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly, who is also part of the panel, skipped the meeting due to personal reasons.