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ICC announces playing conditions for the WTC final

May 28, 2021

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The International Cricket Council recently declared the playing conditions for the ICC WTC Final featuring India and New Zealand. The final clash is going to take place at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton next month. It is scheduled to be played from 18 to 22 June, with 23 June set aside as the Reserve Day. The ICC confirms that if the match results in a draw or a tie, both the teams will be crowned as joint winners. Additionally, there will be allocation of a Reserve Day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the Final. All these decisions were made in June 2018, before the inception of the ICC World Test Championship.

The match between India and NZ to be played using Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls

The decision of scheduling a reserve Day is to ensure five full days of play. Thus, this will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the standard provisions of making up lost time each day. There will also be no extra day’s play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of the game. In such a case, the match will be declared a draw. 

In case of time being lost during the match, the ICC Match Referee will immediately update the teams and media about how the Reserve Day might be used. The final outcome on whether the Reserve Day needs to be used will be declared at the scheduled start of the last hour on the fifth day. The match between India and NZ will be played using Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls.

The WTC will also witness the implementation of the following changes to international playing conditions. These rules 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 immediately review any ‘short run’ call by the On-field Umpire. He will then communicate the decision to the On-field Umpire before the next ball being bowled.

Player Reviews

The fielding skipper or the batsman dismissed can confirm with the Umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball before deciding whether to initiate a player review for LBW.

DRS Reviews

For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone has now been lifted to the top of the stumps. This is to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.

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