The International Cricket Council on Friday, May 28, announced the playing conditions of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final. The much-awaited Test match will kick off in Southampton on June 18 between India and New Zealand.
There will be a reserve day to make up for the lost time
The one-off Test match will have a reserved day, after the five days, in case any playing time is lost during the five days due to rain or any other reason. The reserve day will make up the lost time and thus, will help in producing a result. However, the Reserve day will not be used if a positive outcome is not achieved after five full days of play.
Moreover, the match refree will provide both teams regular updates on lost time and the final call on the reserve day will be taken at the start of the final hour on Day 5.
TV Umpire to check short run in real time
There will also be two improved rules in the playing conditions as the TV umpires will now check short-runs in real time and there will also be a tweak in the margin for LBW referrals. Along with this, the fielding captain will have the permission to ask the on-field umpire whether the batsman has made a genuine attempt to play the shot while taking the DRS.
While New Zealand have already landed in the UK for their two-match Test series against England, India are still quarantining in a Mumbai Hotel and will board the flight on June 2. After landing they will have to undergo hard quarantine for a few days before they will be able to train in Southampton.
Both the teams have named their squads and the most notable omission in India’s squad is of Hardik Pandya, who is currently unfit for bowling in the longest format. New Zealand, on the other hand, will have an advantage due to their Test series against England and the playing conditions, but India will fancy their chances after some stunning past few months.
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