The huge controversy has emerged over the runs awarded to ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 champions England being awarded six runs on the overthrow deflection of Ben Stokes during the scintillating final against New Zealand played at Lords on July 14.
During the final, a throw from the outfield deflecting off the bat of a diving Ben Stokes before rolling to the boundary. As per rules the decision to award six runs — and not five — has raised controversy. The umpires have come under the scrutiny of an obscure MCC clause.
There are number of experts and everyone is interpreting the rule in his way.
What Rule States:
Here’s the text of the relevant rule:
Rule 19.8: Overthrow or wilful act of fielder
If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be
— any runs for penalties awarded to either side
— and the allowance for the boundary
— and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had
already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.
Even now the former ICC Umpire of the year Simon Taufel has raised doubts over the runs awarded to England’
“It’s a clear mistake, England should have been awarded five runs, not six as the batsmen had not crossed for their second run,” Taufel has been quoted.