ICC reacts to overthrow conflict in ICC World Cup 2019 final
New Delhi : Days after many raised eyebrows on extra overthrow run credited to England's account, the International Cricket Council (ICC) finally spoke out over the controversy during the recently concluded New Zealand vs England Final World Cup 2019 game at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
"The umpires take decisions on the field with their interpretation of the rules and we don't comment on any decisions as a matter of policy," an ICC spokesperson was quoted as saying by Foxsports.com.au.
During the final over in England's chase of 241 on Sunday at Lord's, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.
The onfield umpires after discussing the situation with each other signalled six runs throwing England back in the hunt with 3 runs on 2 balls.
Amid the furore over umpires call to give an extra run when a throw struck Ben Stokes' bat in the World Cup final, it has now come to light that the all-rounder had asked the umpires to take away the four overthrows which ultimately proved to be decisive in England's win over New Zealand.
"The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don't run," Sydney Morning Herald quoted Anderson as telling BBC's Tailenders podcast.
"But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it's four and you can't do anything about it.
"I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, 'Can you take that four runs off. We don't want it'.
"But it's in the rules and that's the way it is," he added.