Kiwis cry foul over ‘super over’

New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson has criticised the ICC for using a Super Over to decide the outcome of non-knockout matches in the ongoing World Twenty20.

New Zealand tied two of their Super Eight matches – against Sri Lanka and West Indies – both of which they lost in the Super Over, and Hesson feels the teams should have shared points in case of a tied result.

“I can’t work out why, in a non-elimination game, you have to have a Super Over. I’ve never worked that out,” said Hesson after New Zealand lost to England to finish at the bottom of Group 1 in the Super Eight stage of the event.

“We lost a couple of key moments. You know, we were two runs away from being top of the pool and being top qualifier, so there’s a level of satisfaction there but I think every team that leaves the World Cup without the trophy is disappointed and we’re no different,” he added.

Hesson also came hard on the ICC on the issue of a bowler knocking the stumps down during his bowling stride.

In New Zealand’s match against England, Steven Finn bumped into the stumps thrice but each time the ball was ruled as dead by on-field umpires Simon Taufel and Asad Rauf, and the bowler got away without a warning.

“I have also never worked out how you can kick the stumps over and get a benefit. If that doesn’t change they [the ICC] have got rocks in their head,” Hesson said.

“I’m not sure how they came to that conclusion. Basically we [all coaches and captains] came to a meeting pre-tournament and they told us what was happening. There wasn’t a discussion,” said the coach.

“I don’t blame Steven Finn but they’ve made one rule for one person. He also did it once [for a warning] but not twice against Sri Lanka. It would have been interesting to see the response if they had hit a boundary.” (PTI)