Ian Chappell says if Super Over doesn't provide outright winner, position of teams on table should be considered to decide result

England were adjudged the winners of the 2019 World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand's 17 after the epic final

Press Trust of India, Jul 21, 2019 21:31:58 IST

New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes the position of the teams after the league stage should be considered to decide the winner in case a World Cup final ends in a tie.

England were adjudged the winners of the 2019 World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand's 17 after the epic final, and the ensuing Super Over, ended in a tie last Sunday.

ICC's decision was questioned by current and former players, including Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh.

Ian Chappell says if Super Over doesnt provide outright winner, position of teams on table should be considered to decide result

File image of Ian Chappell. AFP

"The ideal way to unravel a tied final is to consider the position of the two competing teams on the table at the end of the preliminary rounds. This provides a definitive answer as the teams are placed in that order either by virtue of the number of wins or by a net run-rate tie-breaker," Chappell wrote in his column in ESPNcricinfo.

"If the Super Over doesn't provide an outright winner then this is the least controversial way to decide a winner. England would still have won under this system, and they also comfortably defeated New Zealand in their round match."

The Decision Review System (DRS) also drew a lot of flak following a number of wrong decisions during the World Cup, and Chappell felt it needs to be overhauled and umpires should be put in charge, rather than the players.

"A thorough overhaul of the DRS should place it in the hands of the umpires and not the players. And if the ICC was really serious about fairness in the decision-making process, they, and not than the television company that's providing the coverage, would be in total charge of the technology," he wrote.

"That way every series would be played utilising the exact same technology, and therefore, under the same set of laws."

Giving a thorough review of the World Cup, Chappell said the ICC needs to take some tough decisions on the width of bats and dimension of the field to ensure the balance between bat and ball is maintained.

"That an even balance between bat and ball needs to be maintained as much as possible; this will require tough decisions to be taken on bats and boundaries, and an assurance that pitches provide some encouragement for the bowlers.

Updated Date: Jul 21, 2019 21:31:58 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254