ICC : Announced Playing Conditions For WTC
Conditions for the WTC Final are now released by The ICC.
The Playing Conditions
The playing conditions for the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand, which begins on June 18 in Southampton, were confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“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, “lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day”. ICC added
Half Hour Extension
To compensate for the time lost during ordinary playing days, match officials can extend play by half an hour at the end of the day and start the next day half an hour earlier.
“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,”
— India Fantasy (@india_fantasy) May 28, 2021
Three New Regulations
In their home country, New Zealand uses Kookaburra balls, while India uses SG balls, however the WTC final will be played with Grade 1 Dukes balls.
Aside from these two, three new regulations for short runs, player reviews, and DRS reviews will be implemented in the WTC final.
Before deciding whether or not to take the LBW review, the players who were called out or the fielding skipper should check with the on-field umpire to see if a genuine attempt to play the ball was made.
“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.”