Superovers will be deciders as ICC scraps boundary countback rule for future tied games

England's Ben Stokes celebrates as England win the match by 104 runs during the World Cup cricket match between England and South Africa at The Oval in London, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  Three months after New Zealand lost the Cricket World Cup to England on a boundary countback, the sport’s governing body has scrapped the contentious rule.

After board meetings in Dubai this week, the International Cricket Council said that in semifinals and finals in future global tournaments, the Super Over will be repeated if the teams score the same number of runs.

If the rule been in place for the 2019 final in July, England and New Zealand would have played another Super Over, rather than the game being decided on the technicality of England having scored more boundaries during of the final.

An ICC statement said that the change was “in keeping with the basic principle of scoring more runs than the opponent to win.”

The Super Over will also now be in place for every game in both 20-over and 50-over World Cups, having previously only applied in the knockout stages. In the group stages of a tournament, if a Super Over is tied then the match result will be logged as a tie.