NZ coach slams ICC for using Super Over in non-knockout games

Updated: Oct 03, 2012, 16:19 PM IST

Colombo: 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."