- WTC final to be played between India and New Zealand from June 18
- The match will be played on Reserve Day due to loss due to weather
- ICC can announce the playing conditions of the match this week
- There is also a dispute over the test system’s point system
The World Test Championship matters a lot for the International Cricket Council (ICC). This is an important part of the ICC’s strategy to maintain the popularity of Test cricket. Now the ICC once again wants to take up the playing conditions of the final of the World Test Championship. The final is to be played from June 18 in Southampton between India and New Zealand.
According to our affiliate newspaper Times of India, the playing conditions could be revealed this week.
The biggest dilemma is what will happen if the match draws. Who will be considered the champion? When the World Test Championship was revealed, the ICC said that a reserve day would be kept in the match. However, that rule has now been removed from the ICC website. It has also been said that if the match is drawn then the two teams will be declared as joint winners.
The initial plan was that if there is a loss of game due to rain or any other reason in five days, then it will be compensated by Reserve Day. An ICC source told the Times of India, our affiliate newspaper, “The plan was to have 30 hours of play in the first five days. And if for some reason the total 30-hour game is not possible, then Reserve Day should be used. This means that the weather has the least impact on the outcome. ‘
However, work will not be seen by just playing hours. The ICC will also have to pay attention to the Slow Over Rate (ICC Slow Over Rate). The ICC must ensure that 450 overs are played in five days.
The source further said, ‘The World Test Championship final is being played for the first time, so the idea of declaring a joint winner can not be right. So we should consider more and more options to get the result of the match. The ICC Committee is working on this matter and a decision will come on it this week.
Decision on WTC to be held in ICC meeting on June 1
Along with this, there is confusion about the future of the World Test Championship. However, at the time of its launch in 2019, it was said that it would be operational in 2021-23 as well.
The 2021–23 World Test Championship will begin with a five-Test series between India and England. However, no decision has been taken on whether there will be any change regarding the points.
However, there are some members who are in little doubt about the success of this tournament. In November, ICC probable chairman Greg Barkley says the World Test Championship has not achieved its target. There are many complaints about the points table. With this, the global epidemic has made matters worse.
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson (Reuters photo)