Virat Kohli’s and Kane Williamson’s men will be locking the horns with each other at Southampton on 18th June marketing their presence in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The two teams, India and New Zealand have proceeded to the final with their first and second position respectively owning 520 and 420 points.
Considering the big event being, in its inaugural version, around 20 days ahead, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the playing conditions for the extravaganza. The ICC revealed the details in a press release via its statements.
Seeking the biggest point that happens usually, a tie or a draw, the global council said that in case of equal combat from two sides, the Kohli and Williamson cos will be declared joint winners. As per the schedule, the game is to commence from 18th to 22nd June, whereas, considering any sort of threats or wastage of time, the ICC has reserved an extra day to continue the game if it suffers ebb and flow in between.
The council clarified that the extra day, 23rd June, will only be used in case of external disruptions causing the game delay. Here are the official statements:
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“The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners as well as the allocation of a Reserve Day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the Final – scheduled to be played from 18 to 22 June, with 23 June set aside as the Reserve Day. Both of these decisions were made in June 2018, prior to the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship,” the ICC said in its media release.
“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,” read the ICC media release.
Along with it, the ICC disclosed three additional rules regarding player reviews, short runs, and DRS reviews. As per the short-run rule, the TV umpire will automatically look for the short-run call once he is assigned by the on-field umpire informing him in return before the next ball is delivered.
Announcing the LBW rule, the council added, “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.” Also, the player who will get out, will adhere to the rights to confirm with the umpire if a genuine attempt was made before taking an LBW review to get him out. The fielding skipper also gets the same rights.