ICC Praise New Zealand For Winning The WTC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) congratulated New Zealand on winning the inaugural World Test Championship by defeating India in a thrilling final.
New Zealand’s First Major ICC Trophy
It is New Zealand’s first major ICC trophy since2000 when they reached back-to-back ODI World Cup finals in 2015 and 2019.
New Zealand received USD 1.6 million (Rs 12 crore approximately) along with an ICC Test Championship Mace for winning the rain-marred inaugural WTC final.https://t.co/8PLfa7ZneE
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Geoff Allardice, ICC Acting CEO Statements
“I would like to congratulate the first-ever World Test Champions, the Black Caps who displayed the skill and temperament required to be the best Test team in the world.
“I would also like to congratulate the Indian team, who performed so consistently to qualify for the Final and came so close to winning it.”
“(It was) also played in a great spirit that highlighted the mutual respect between the teams,”
Complete Washout On The First And Fourth Days
The showpiece final stretched to the allocated day after a complete washout on the first and fourth days, respectively, with New Zealand eventually raising the Test Mace.
“Throughout the two-year World Test Championship both Kane and Virat made no secret of their desire to win the Test Mace and that was clearly evident over the last six days. The quality of play was befitting of two best Test teams in the world and it was an enthralling game,” Allardice said
Climax Of Two-and-a-half Years Of Men’s Test Cricket
After the WTC was introduced in 2019 to give additional meaning to the longest format, the final represented the climax of two-and-a-half years of men’s Test cricket.
“The conclusion of the first edition of the World Test Championship is a special moment for our sport as this is an event that has been so long in the making.
“But the last two years have clearly demonstrated the importance of context in Test cricket and I’m already looking forward to the second edition starting with England v India in a little over a month,” Allardice said.
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