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Dave Richardson defends the boundary count rule
International Cricket Council (ICC)

Dave Richardson defends the boundary count rule

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been facing a lot of criticism since the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the winner of the tournament was decided on the basis of superior boundary count after the final tied on two occasions.

Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of the ICC, Dave Richardson has, however, defended the boundary count rule as he said that the sole purpose of making such rules was to keep things interesting even after a game ties in the allotted overs since teams put in the extra effort to gain the upper hand instead of taking the game to a tied super over.

“At that time, we were deciding rules for the Super Over and the suggestion was [to] look at creating something that encouraged attacking play, and this was just one of the things introduced. The thinking then was that a tie in the Super Over would be very unlikely, so let us encourage attacking play,” he said.

Richardson has also urged the fans to encourage attacking cricket since it is what attracts them to the stadium, but he insisted that the governing body must have some rules in place in order to deicide the winner under any circumstance.