Mumbai | Jagran Sports Desk: After England was awarded the World Cup trophy for hitting more boundaries in the match, in one of the most dramatized finals ever played in the history of cricket, on Sunday, many cricketing fans and former cricketers from around the world criticised the ICC’s tie-breaker rule, in which the winner is decided by the number of boundaries.

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is the latest to join the list of people criticizing the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the "boundary rule" which helped England win their first men's World Cup.

Bachchan took to Twitter to mock the ICC rule and said in Hindi: "You have Rs 2,000, I have Rs 2,000. You have one note of 2,000; I have four notes of 500. Who is richer? ICC: The one who has four notes of 500 is richer." 

Actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal also slammed the sport's governing body and tweeted: Instead of changing M.S. Dhoni gloves, the stupid ICC should have changed their super over rules."

Earlier many cricketers including Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, and Brett Lee expressed disagreement with the ICC’s rule and criticized the parameters for deciding the winner.

Indian opener and ODI Vice-Captain, Rohit Sharma in his tweet said that “Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in”.

While taking to twitter former Indian cricketer and now a parliamentarian, Gautam Gambhir said, “Don't understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail-biting Final. Both winners imo”.

Australian ace pacer Brett Lee in his tweet said, “Congratulations to England!
Commiserations New Zealand.
I’ve got to say that it’s a horrible way to decide the winner. This rule has to change”.

On Sunday, two dramatic run-outs in the final over of England's innings took the game into a Super Over with the scores tied on 241 after the end of 50 overs against New Zealand at Lord's. However, with the Super Over also ending in a tie, the winner of the showpiece event was decided by the number of boundaries scored. 

England scored 26 boundaries in total in the entire duration of the match as compared to 17 by the Black Caps and was thus crowned as champions.

Posted By: Talib Khan