ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand team's homecoming ceremony put on hold due to logistical issues

The homecoming ceremony for New Zealand cricket team has been put on hold as players are arriving in batches at different times.

Press Trust of India, Jul 16, 2019 13:41:02 IST

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday said an immediate homecoming ceremony for the national team has been put on hold due to players arriving in batches at different times.

New Zealand came agonisingly close to winning a maiden World Cup before England were crowned champions on the basis of their superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand's 17 after both the regulation 50 overs and the super over of an epic final ended in ties.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand teams homecoming ceremony put on hold due to logistical issues

New Zealand team's homecoming ceremony has been put on hold due to players arriving in batches at different times. Reuters

"We've been in conversations with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, and are mindful of the Prime Minister's (Jacinda Ardern) enthusiasm for a welcome-home celebration," NZC chief executive David White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

"At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it's just not practical," he added.

White acknowledged the calls from New Zealand public for a grand welcome ceremony befitting the team's lion-hearted performance in the showpiece.

"Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organise something appropriate in the weeks to come."

Opting to bat, New Zealand had put up a modest 241 for eight. In reply, England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator.

In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes, who kept the hosts in the game with a brilliant 84 off 98 balls, and Jos Buttler made 15.

New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.

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Updated Date: Jul 16, 2019 13:41:02 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