ICC chairman hints Lords Cricket Ground will host 2023 WTC final

The final match of the second season of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) can be held at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground, known as the ‘Mecca of Cricket’. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is trying to organize this mega event at the historic venue. So far, five ICC Men’s World Cup finals have been held at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground. The ICC has indicated that it has started preparations to hold the final of the WTC at Lord’s ground. The final of the first season of the WTC was to be played at Lord’s last year itself, but due to Corona, it was shifted to the Ageas Bowl ground in Southampton. New Zealand won the WTC title by defeating India in the final.

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ICC President Greg Barkley was present at the stadium during tea time on the second day of the first Test match between England and New Zealand at Lord’s. He said on the BBC’s Test Match Special show, ‘I think Lord’s ground has been fixed for this. That was always our intention. We are now coming out of the Corona rules, so such arrangements are being made so that we can be able to organize the final at Lord’s.

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Meanwhile, ESPNcricinfo has reported in its report that the ICC wants to hold the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s in 2023 and a final decision can be taken on this at the Executive Committee meeting to be held next month. The second cycle of WTC is underway. The defending champions New Zealand are struggling to defend their title. New Zealand are currently at the sixth place in the WTC points table and in such a situation, there is doubt about their playing the final.

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