World Praises New Zealand Cricket Team, Labels ICC as a Joke

The final of the Cricket World Cup 2019 was arguably one of the greatest one-day international games in the history of the sport.


Although there had to be a winner, many believe that New Zealand did not lose the match based on merit.

Encouragement from the Prime Minister

This was New Zealand’s second successive loss in the final of the tournament but the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern focused on the positives from their campaign.

Jacinda, on her Instagram, posted:

In an interview, she further added:

I think probably like a lot of New Zealanders I’m still feeling quite traumatized by that match. It was an incredible game, I can’t recall seeing a game like it and I think it will just go down in history for just being a remarkable game of cricket.


But regardless of that final outcome I just feel incredibly proud of the Black Caps and I hope every New Zealander does because they played remarkable cricket across the course of that tournament, and they certainly did in that last match.

New Zealand Sports Minister Questions Super Over

The New Zealand Sports Minister Grant Robertson, however, questioned the tie-break method.

He further boosted the morale of the team by praising them and claimed that the New Zealand team are a gutsy and a team with integrity.

‘ICC – You’re a Joke’

Former Kiwis legendary cricketer Scott Styris labeled the governing body as a joke following the conclusion of the match. He took to Twitter to express his views.


He then retweeted a tweet which emphasized that the match should be considered a tie.

Later on, Scott further explained his disappointment in response to a question by a renowned Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle.

He said that ICC should have shared the trophy after the scores were tied in the Super Over as well.

Exciting Final but a Cruel One

Another former New Zealand legend Stephen Fleming, in an interview, claimed that New Zealand did not deserve to lose the game. He also took to Twitter and posted the following tweet:

Massive Support for New Zealand

A Herald Sun journalist Sam Landsberger said that ICC’s rules are unfair.

Arbitrary method of a winner.

Cricketing legend, Sir Gary Sobers, had his say.

India’s Test cricketer, Pujara, agrees to a shared trophy.

Do you think the World Cup trophy should have been shared by New Zealand and England? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.


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  • No, it should not have been shared. Rules were pretty clear before the start of final and Newzeland’s team was very well aware what they needed to win the world cup. If they couldn’t then that means they lost. We could say that for NRR method which resulted in Pakistan team not qualifying for semis. Many people also argued against this method but rules were defined beforehand and all teams were aware to keep the NRR better for their position. One who couldn’t is to be blamed not ICC.

    • If you say rules to be followed then how about the same rules which umpires didn’t follow regarding overthrow. And also y didn’t ICC itself didn’t follow these defined rules made by them after such situation. Is it written anywhere in rules book that any umpire can oversee his decision based utterly on not knowing about any action happens on the field. Or just by simply saying I was totally unaware about what just happened on the field. I think rules should be thoroughly memorised by the two main person (umpires) who are deciding the faith of a player n a team.

  • Yes, NZ did not lose the game. It is a tie. There was no NRR issue in the final. It should have been very simple . Not of boundaries but which team kept more wickets should have been declared winner.

  • England was playing with 13 players. 2 of them were on field umpires. Otherwise NZ was the actual winner. ICC should have split the trophy and prize because it was a tie. Boundry count is not a good way to declare a winner.

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