Consider teams’ positions in table to decide World Cup winners in case of tied final: Chappell

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.

“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. (AGENCIES)