5 controversies of Cricket World Cup history

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The 2019 Cricket World Cup was very exciting. The final match was played between England and New Zealand. The match was tied twice, but in the end according to the rules of the ICC, the team with the most fours (England) will be chosen as the winner. After this, England was declared the winner for hitting more boundaries.

After this, the ICC’s ‘ridiculous’ rule was heavily criticized. Today we will tell you about some such controversies related to such World Cup, which are impossible to forget.

Shane Warne (2003)

before the World Cup in 2003, former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne had a one-year ban. Shane Warne tested positive to banned diuretic drugs. Regardless, the World Anti-Doping Agency criticized the year-long ban imposed on Warne since the ban still allowed him to play in charity matches.

Bob Woolmer (2007)

World Cup match played between Pakistan and Ireland in the year 2007. In this match Pakistan lost to ireland and  got out of the tournament. Bob Woolmer, the coach of Pakistani Cricket Team, after match was found dead on 18 March 2007 in his hotel room at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The Rain Rule (1992)

In the 1992 World Cup semi-finals, South Africa faced England cricket team. England scored 252 for 6 in 45 overs . With 252 to chase, the South Africa team gave a good fight until the rain stopped, with the Proteas needing 22 off 13 balls. In the end, this target was 22 runs in 1 ball. in accordance with the tournament’s new rain rules. It was scrapped in favour of the Duckworth-Lewis system following the 1992 World Cup. Had Duckworth-Lewis method been in play at the time, the revised target would have been 5 runs from 1 ball.

The Eden Gardens Riot

In the 1996 semi-finals, India and Sri Lanka had a match. Team India were chasing a target of 252 against Sri Lanka. Team india’s players were getting out early. India fell to 120 for 8 and defeat seemed imminent. At this point, the crowd started lighting fire in the stands and throwing bottles on the field. Eventually, Sri Lanka was handed the victory.

Andy Flower and Olonga wore black armbands – 2003

As opposed to the rule of Robert Mugabe’s in Zimbabwe and ‘death of democracy’, Captain Andy Flower and Henry Henry Olonga announced in the press conference that they would play black armbands for their opening match .