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‘ICC should apologise to cricketing fraternity’

Controversial end to 2019 World Cup final has sparked fierce debate

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Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Naseem Ashraf believes that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should apologise to the cricketing fraternity, after the controversial end to 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

Hosts England ended a 44-year wait to win the World Cup as they beat New Zealand side on boundary count after a tied Super Over in a dramatic final on Sunday

While speaking to Daily Express, Ashraf criticised the boundary count rule to determine the winner.

“How can you crown a team champions through the boundary count rule? This was not a school tournament. I think the trophy should have been shared between the two sides,” said Ashraf. “ICC should accept that they made a mistake and apologise to the cricketing community for this.”

England won the World Cup after a nerve-shredding final ended in a tie at Lord's.

After Eoin Morgan's side finished on 241 all out in pursuit of New Zealand's 241-8, the final came down to a six-ball shootout for each team.

England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler took 15 off Trent Boult's over.

Jofra Archer bowled England's over against Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham, who smashed a six off the second ball.

With two runs required off the final ball, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Jason Roy combined to run out Guptill as he came back for the second.

Both sides finished on 15 so England won due to a tie-break rule because they hit more boundaries.