With the ICC World Test Championship final coming up in less than a month, ICC has released a list of playing conditions for the match. Although the conditions were already decided and released by ICC in 2018 there have been certain updates regarding them.
The final test match will be held at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton, against the top two teams in the championship, India and New Zealand.
The conditions confirmed that there will be a reserve day to make up for any lost time during the match, possibly due to rain. The reserve day was also used in the 2019 world cup semi-final, with the same competing teams, India and New Zealand.
ICC also announced that in the likely occurrence of a draw, the trophy will be shared between both teams.
“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. There will be no additional day’s play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario.”
Some additional updates that were announced include the third umpire automatically reviewing all calls of a short run by the on-field umpire.
Before reviewing for an LBW decision, the on-field players can communicate with the umpire about whether a genuine attempt to play the ball was made.
Additionally, for LBW decisions, the height margin of the wicket has been shifted to the top of the stumps.
Preparations by both teams are going strong at the moment. Opener Mayank Agarwal took to Instagram to share a picture of him training, captioned ” Preparations are going strong and the excitement is building up”.All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also shared a picture in India’s official jersey for the final on June 18. Currently, Team India is undergoing a two-week quarantine period in Mumbai.