The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Ageas Bowl in Southampton will host the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand from 18-22 June.
The Test matches will take place within a bio-secure environment with the venue equipped with an on-site hotel and training facility.
BCCI president Sourav Gangully stated earlier this week that Southampton has been opted for instead of Lord’s in London.
The ECB made use of the Ageas Bowl for a number of matches during England’s summer season of cricket last year.
‘The decision, taken by the ICC board, follows discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board [ECB] where a range of options were considered to ensure the inaugural final could be staged safely with the potential impact of Covid-19 minimised for all involved,’ an ICC statement read on Wednesday.
‘In selecting The Hampshire Bowl [Ageas Bowl], the ICC drew on ECB’s experience of delivering a full summer of bio-safe international cricket in 2020.
‘The venue provides world-class playing and training facilities, giving both teams the best possible environment in which to prepare. Whilst the on-site accommodation will significantly reduce the risk around Covid-19 transmission and better protect the health and safety of everyone involved in delivering the final.’
The ICC also opened the door for spectators to possibly attend the encounter if the UK government allows it.
‘Should the UK government’s phased easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures proceed as planned, it is anticipated that a limited number of fans will be allowed into the Hampshire Bowl to watch the final.’