‘Should Consider Sharing Trophy in Case of Tie’ – New Zealand Coach Stead

Written by Vipin Darwade

A disappointed Gary Stead has urged that the rules to decide a tie be reconsidered and believes that sharing a World Cup in case of a tie in the final should be looked at.

England matched the Kiwis’ 241 in a breathtaking conclusion at Lord’s and the sides could not then be separated after a Super Over – the tournament hosts only prevailing by virtue of registering more boundaries across the contest.

“I’m sure when they were writing the rules they never expected a World Cup final like that” Stead said.

“I’m sure it’ll be reviewed. Perhaps when you play over a seven-week period and you can’t be separated on the final day then that is something that should be considered.

“But that’s one consideration over a whole lot of things that went on over the World Cup. It’s a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game, but that’s the technicalities of sport.

“It’s unfortunate it comes down to one ball right at the end of the tournament when we’ve been here for seven weeks playing some really good cricket. It will be raw for a long time,” the New Zealand coach said.

Asked about the mood in the dressing room in the aftermath of the defeat at Lord’s, Stead said, “There was a lot of dejection and almost bewilderment around ‘how did that happen’ and ‘why has it happened this way?’

“Everyone will react to it over time, but I imagine most of our guys will hit the wall for about a week or so and feel pretty down about things. But they shouldn’t, we should be really proud of what they have achieved,” he added.

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