ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions: Important Facts
- The ICC on Friday announced the playing conditions of the WTC final according to which in case of a draw or tie both India & New Zealand will be termed as “Joint winners” of the ICC World Test Championship final which is slated to be played at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from June 18 to 22.
- June 23rd is fixed as the Reserve Day in case a result is not achieved in five days of play. The Reserve day is slated to ensure that the five days of play are completed & it will be used only if the playing time lost cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time on each day.
- There will be no ‘Reserve Day’ if a positive result is not achieved even after five complete days of play & the match will be declared as a ‘draw’ in such condition.
- Ashwin is just 4 wickets away to become the leading wicket-taker in the WTC with 67 wickets registered on his name. Currently, Pat Cummins is the leading wicket-taker in the WTC with 70 wickets in his kitty.
ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions: Provision of ‘Reserve Day’
In the condition of loss of time during the game, the Match Referee will update the teams about the terms on which the “reserve day” may be used. The final decision on whether Reserve Day needs to be used will be announced at the start of the last hour on the fifth day of the WTC Final.
ICC WTC Final: Which Ball will be Used?
The ICC has stated in its Press Release that the final of the WTC will be played by using Grade 1 of Dukes Cricket Balls
ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions: Rules on Short Runs, Player Reviews & DRS reviews
The third Umpire will review any call of ‘short run’ by the On-field Umpire & communicate the decision to the on-field umpire before the next ball is being bowled.
The fielding captain or the dismissed batsman will 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.
For LBW reviews, the margin of the Wicket Zone has been increased to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call Margin around the stumps for both height & width.
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