ICC Chairman hints at Lord’s hosting the Final of the WTC in 2023

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ICC Chairman hints at Lord's hosting the Final of the WTC in 2023

The WTC Final in 2023 is all set to be hosted in the ‘Mecca of Cricket’. Yes, you have read it right! The ICC is planning to host the WTC Final in 2023 at Lord’s Cricket Stadium.

Earlier the Lord’s Cricket Stadium has been fixed as the venue for the first WTC Final last summer but due to COVID-19, the game was instead played at the Southampton at the Ageas Bowl. At that time the UK was still moving out of the restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19. Thus Southampton where the international Cricket was played in the summer of 2020 during the beginning of the pandemic was seen as an ideal venue to keep the players in the bio-bubble for the WTC Final in 2021 because of its on-site hotel.

It was New Zealand that defeated India in the final to become the inaugural WTC Champions. But now as the restrictions have finally eased out, the ICC are hoping to host the Final of the WTC 2023 at Lord’s.

“I think it is scheduled for Lord’s, that was always the intention,” ICC chairperson Greg Barclay said on BBC’s Test Match Special at tea on the second day of the first Test between England and New Zealand, at Lord’s.

“It’s June so that rules out a number of other venues and we’ve got to get certainty around where it’s hosted. We’re out of Covid now so subject to arrangements being made and being able to be hosted out of Lord’s I think that’s the intention.”

Meanwhile, England are likely to host a one-off Test against a yet-to-be finalized team in the 2023 Summer before hosting the much-anticipated Ashes 2023. This would increase the chances of the Lord’s hosting the WTC Final.

However there is still some work to be done before the venue is finalized, however, the ICC are hoping to announce the venue at their Annual General Meeting next month.

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