New Delhi. The second round of the World Test Championship is underway. Last time champion team New Zealand is struggling to defend its title. The Kiwi team is running on the sixth position in the points table. In such a situation, the question is arising whether New Zealand will be able to play the final in 2023? The answer will be available in the next few months. Meanwhile, big information has come to the fore regarding the venue of the final of the World Test Championship. The ICC has decided the venue of the final of the WTC. The ICC is preparing to hold the final of the WTC in 2023 at the Lord’s Ground, which is called the ‘Mecca of Cricket’.
According to the cricket website ESPNcricinfo, the ICC wants to hold the final of the World Test Championship in 2023 at Lord’s. A final decision on this can be taken at the meeting of the Executive Committee to be held next month.
The first final of the Test Championship was played between India and New Zealand in Southampton last year. Whereas earlier this match was to be played at Lord’s only. But, due to the situation arising out of the corona virus, the ICC had to change the venue of the final. At that time, the restrictions of Corona in England started to gradually remove. International cricket was also played in Southampton during the onset of the pandemic in 2020. There was a hotel near the stadium here. For this reason, the final of the World Test Championship between India and New Zealand was played in Southampton.
World Test Championship final to be held at Lord’s
ICC chairman Greg Barkley said in a special conversation with the BBC on the second day of the Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, “I think the final of the World Test Championship is decided at Lord’s, the intention has always been to have the final here.” was. The WTC final is in June, so many venues are automatically excluded. Now we have recovered from Corona. In such a situation, it is our intention and thinking that it should be organized at Lord’s only after all the arrangements for the final are completed.
England have to play a Test series before hosting the Ashes series next year. However, the opposition team has not been decided yet. In such a situation, the chances of getting a final at Lord’s have increased.
New Zealand won the first title
The second round of the World Test Championship started with the Test series between India and England last year. It will end by March-April 2023. After this, the final will be played between the two top teams. The first final of the World Test Championship was played between India and New Zealand in Southampton, in which the Kiwi team won the title by defeating India.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 04, 2022, 08:15 IST