New Zealand coach urges review of rules after agonizing World Cup final defeat
Gary Stead has called on authorities to revamp the existing World Cup rules following England's victory on the basis of a 'technicality' in the final which shattered New Zealand's hopes of lifting the prized trophy for the first time in their cricket history.
After the completion of 50 overs from each team and the six-ball Super Over shootout, the two sides were still equal in terms of runs scored.
England were then adjudged as victors for boasting a superior boundary count according to the rules in place.
"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," New Zealand coach Stead told reporters on Tuesday.
Stead believed such an enthralling clash oscillating from one end to the other, deserved a more fitting finale than being decided by the number of boundaries hit.
"There's going to be many things they look at over the whole tournament -- I'm sure when they were writing the rules they never expected a World Cup final to happen like that," he said.
"I'm sure it'll be reviewed (and) there's many different ways that they'll probably explore."
Stead claimed to be oblivious of an error in judgment by the on-field umpires during Sunday's match, which saw them signal six runs to England for a controversial incident involving a throw being deflected off the bat of Ben Stokes to the boundary rope.
Former international umpire Simon Taufel suggested England should have been awarded five runs since the batsmen had not crossed for the second run when the throw was launched by Martin Guptill.
"I didn't actually know that," Stead said. "But at the end of the day the umpires are there to rule.
"They're human as well, like players, and sometimes there's a mistake but that's just the human aspect of sport."
'No one lost the final' - Kane Williamson
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson declared his team can be proud of the fact they were not beaten by the hosts but suffered at the cost of the rules of the game.
"At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is," he told Newstalk ZB.
Williamson and his teammates have been applauded in the cricket world for their gentlemanly conduct and graciousness in defeat despite the stinging loss.
Although New Zealand eventually ended the tournament as runners-up, people have been urging the New Zealand government to organize a ticker-tape parade for the returning squad.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed doubts over such an arrangement but insisted the players would receive a "heroes' welcome".
New Zealand Cricket said this could not be logistically possible presently but will be on their agenda for the near future.
"At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it's just not practical," they said.
"Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organize something appropriate in the weeks to come."