World Test Championship Final: On Friday, ICC announced the playing conditions for the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand on June 18th. ICC stated that India and New Zealand will be crowned as joint winners in case of a tie, or draw, in the WTC finale.
ICC also confirmed a Reserve Day to compensate for any time lost during the regular days of the final test match. The one-off test is scheduled between June 18th to June 22nd, with June 23rd as the Reserve Day.
ICC also mentioned that the reserve day will only be used if the “lost playing time can’t be recovered through the traditional provisions of making up lost time each day.” ICC also revealed that these decisions were made prior to the commencement of WTC in 2018.
The current provision says that the match officials can extend the play by half an hour at the end of the day and also, start the next day half an hour early to make up for the lost time during the regular playing days.
Grade 1 Dukes balls are going to be used in the WTC finale. New Zealand uses the Kookaburra, and India uses SG balls at home.
The much-awaited finale will also witness some new rules regarding short runs, players review, and DRS.
According to the rules, the TV umpire will check the short-runs in real-time and the on-field umpire will be informed immediately. The second rule states that the fielding captain or the dismissed batsman can confirm with the on-field umpire, whether or not, a genuine attempt was made to play the ball before he decides to opt for a player review. The third rule will enhance the height margin for LBW referrals.
Southampton was declared as the host for the finale, as it has on-site accommodation facilities which help in maintaining the bio-bubble.
Both men and women teams are in quarantine in Mumbai, as BCCI waits for the official flight schedule from ICC.