World Cup final 2019 overthrow episode: MCC to review overthrow rules in September

England had needed nine runs from the last three balls in the ICC World Cup final 2019 when an overthrow from Martin Guptill gave them six runs off one ball.

Aug 14, 2019 10:36 IST
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World Cup final 2019 overthrow: Following the overthrow episode involving Ben Stokes and Martin Guptill in the ICC World Cup final 2019, the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), custodians of the Laws of Cricket, said that they are considering reviewing overthrow rules in September 2019.

The MCC feels that overthrow rules are worth taking a look whenever it next reviews the laws of the game. MCC Laws sub-committeee is responsible for reviewing the Laws of Cricket. The review announcement comes almost a month after the controversial overthrow incident involving England’s Ben Stokes and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill in the 2019 World Cup final.

The MCC said in a statement that the WCC (World Cricket Committee) had discussed Law 19.8 concerning overthrows, in the context of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Final and the WCC felt that the Law was clear but the matter will be reviewed by the Laws sub-committee in September 2019.

World Cup Final 2019 Overthrow incident

England had needed nine runs from the last three balls in the ICC World Cup final 2019 to chase down the target of 241 runs set by New Zealand when a throw from Martin Guptill in the deep deflected off Ben Stokes’ bat and ran off for a four. On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marias Erasmus gave England six runs in total off that one ball, which included one four and two runs by the batsmen. Many contested the decision, saying that England should have been given five runs instead of six as the batsmen had not crossed over for the second run when Guptill made the throw.

The moment the ball deflected off Stokes’ bat, he had immediately put his hands up to apologise. England got one boundary and two runs off one ball. The unsaid etiquette is that if the ball takes a deflection off the batsman and goes off to an empty part of the field, the batsman refrains from taking an extra run.

The one extra run changed the game, as it brought down the target to three runs off two balls. The match ended up in a tie and Super Over was played to decide the winner but it also ended up in a tie. England were declared the winners of the ICC World Cup Final 2019 as they had hit higher number of boundaries in the match.

World Cup Final 2019 Overthrow Review: Will this change the World Cup final decision?

According to Cricket Law 19.8, extra runs are only given if the batsmen have crossed when the ball is thrown. The act of overthrow begins from the moment it leaves the fielder’s hands. Since the batsmen had not crossed over when Guptill released the ball, it means that England should have only got five runs off the ball instead of six. This would have left England with needing four runs off the remaining two balls and Adil Rashid would have been on strike instead of Ben Stokes. The decision could have probably reversed the result of the match, making New Zealand the World Champions.

All eyes will be on the MCC review in September. Whether the MCC will review and reverse the World Cup Final decision, only time will tell.

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