The ICC World Test Championship(WTC) Final is set to witness the top two teams on the table- India to square off against New Zealand. It is a much-awaited clash and now ICC has announced the playing conditions for the match.
India and New Zealand to share the WTC trophy if match ends in a draw
It has been the big question ahead of the final that what would be the outcome if the match saw a draw. ICC recently cleared the doubts in a statement on their official website.
The board announced that 23rd June is being set aside as a reserve day for the match, which will be used only if the playtime is lost due to weather conditions, and is not recovered “through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day”.
The ICC also said that if the match ends in a draw or a tie, the trophy will be shared between Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand as both the teams will be declared joint winners.
You can check out the official statement of ICC below:
“The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners as well as the allocation of a Reserve Day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the Final – scheduled to be played from 18 to 22 June, with 23 June set aside as the Reserve Day. Both of these decisions were made in June 2018, prior to the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship.
The Reserve Day has been scheduled to ensure five full days of play, and it will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day. There will be no additional day’s play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario.”
It has been noted that the match will be played using Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls. The final will start on June 18 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton, England.
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