• WTC to be shared in case of a draw

    The World Test Championship will be shared should the final between India and New Zealand end in a draw or tie.

    The two teams will go head to head for the title from 18-22 June at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton with a reserve day scheduled should rain interfere throughout the Test, the ICC said in a statement.

    ‘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.

    ‘The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners.’

    There will also be new rule changes implemented in the final.

    Short Runs – The Third Umpire will automatically review any call of a ‘short run’ by the On-field Umpire and communicate the decision to the On-field Umpire prior to the next ball being bowled.

    Player Reviews – The fielding captain or the dismissed batsman may confirm with the Umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball prior to deciding whether to initiate a player review for LBW.

    DRS Reviews – For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.

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    Andre Huisamen