New Zealand led by Kane Williamson will take on the Virat Kohli-led Team India in the inaugural World Test Championship Final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from June 18 to June 22. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on May 28 announced the playing conditions for the ICC World Test Championship Final featuring the world’s current 1st and 2nd ranked Test teams.
Here are the highlights from the 98-page document put together by the ICC.
The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners. That means if the match fails to produce a result even after the reserve day is played out in case of some delays, then both the teams will lift the trophy together as joint-winners.
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. The reserve day isn’t allocated to make sure a result is achieved but just to ensure that both teams get the full five days of Test cricket. If the quota is achieved and yet there’s no definitive result then the match is declared as a draw and both the teams are crowned as joint-winners.
The match will be played using Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls. It will be a change for both teams as India plays its home Test matches with the SG Test ball while New Zealand are more used to the Kookaburra ball in their home conditions.
CLARIFICATIONS FROM ICC
The final will also see the implementation of the following changes to international playing conditions that came into effect with the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka:
Short Runs: The third umpire will automatically review any call of a ‘short run’ by the on-field umpire and communicate the decision to the on-field umpire prior to the next ball being bowled.
Player Reviews: The fielding captain or the dismissed batsman may confirm with the on-field umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball prior to deciding whether to initiate a player review for LBW.
DRS Reviews: For LBW reviews, the height margin of the wicket zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same umpire’s call margin around the stumps for both height and width.
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