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2019-07-17T03:43:53.653Z17-07-2019 2019-07-17T03:43:47.502Z - - 19-08-2019
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been facing flak endlessly ever since England emerged as the winner of cricket World Cup, on the basis of most boundaries scored in their innings. Several aspects right from the super over to decide the winner and the tournament format – having a long league phase of nine matches for each team and then a sudden knockout with just a semi-final – came in for severe criticism.
Scores of former cricketers and celebrities have been venting their displeasure and anger every day since that Super Sunday when New Zealand ended up as runners-up despite giving their best in the finals. As it was observed, most of the critics fumed at the ‘boundary’ rule that tilted the scales in England’s favour at the end of the Super Over. But the best of all the barbs came from none other than our own ‘Big B’ Amitabh Bacchan, who tutored the ICC with an eye-opening analogy.
Making fun of the criteria, Amitabh tweeted: “You have Rs 2,000, I have Rs 2,000. You have one note of 2,000; I have four notes of 500. Who is richer? ICC: The one who has four notes of 500 is richer.” If ever the mandarins at ICC get to read this simple but hard-hitting logic, it will make them realize how silly their rule was.
Not just Amitabh, other Bollywood celebrities like Paresh Rawal,Shahid Kapoor and director Anurag Kashyap also took to Twitter to vent their ire. Paresh Rawal took a jibe at the ICC for focusing more on the army insignia on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves. “Instead of changing MS Dhoni’s gloves, the stupid ICC should have changed their ‘super over’ rules..!!!”, he tweeted. Shahid Kapoor called it an absurd rule saying, “The World Cup should have been shared. If England got more boundaries, New Zealand took more wickets. So, the criteria is absurd. All 22 of those boys gave their everything and no one was lesser. Then, why do only 11 get to feel like they were the best..?!,” was his report on Twitter.
Before the Bollywood biggies reacted, India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma minced no words in his tweet that “some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in.”
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