World Test Championship Final: International Cricket Council have reportedly revised the schedule for the final match.
The final match of the inaugural season of the ICC World Test Championship has been postponed by more than a week keeping in mind less number of days between the final and the culmination of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League.
Earlier expected to be played in the second week of June at Lord’s, the final match is now being reported to get slotted for June 18-22 at the same historic venue.
While the fixtures of IPL 2021 are yet to be made public, a start in the second week of April would mean that it will be played till the last week of May.
After stuttering start England coast home on treacherous pitch to win second Test and put themselves in running for place in World Test Championship final. Mouth watering series v India coming up
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In such a scenario, the governing bodies would be keen to keep as many days as possible between the two tournaments for the possibility of players having to quarantine upon reaching England can’t be entirely ruled out at this point in time.
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Speaking to PTI on the matter, a BCCI source shared the detailed also informing that the final match will have a reserve sixth day to not let weather conditions in England play spoilsport.
“The WTC Final will now be played from June 18-22 and June 23 will be the reserve day. As background we pushed it back to allow for any quarantine that may be imposed, particularly given the close proximity to the end of the IPL and the original dates,” a BCCI source told PTI.
Right now, any two teams out of New Zealand, India, England and Australia are the front-runners to play the final match of the World Test Championship.
New Zealand, who will tour England for a two-match Test series in June, will play the last day of their second Test on June 14. The Black Caps will have a three-day rest if they qualify for the final match.