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The Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be played at The Aegis Bowl ground in Southampton from 18 June.
The International Cricket Council has given its verdict on the first World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand from June 18. The ICC says that in case of a match draw or tie, it will not be decided separately, but the two teams will be jointly considered the winner. The final will be played at The Aegis Bowl ground in Southampton from 18 to 22 June.
June 23 to be used as Reserve Day
The ICC had earlier also announced Reserve Day for the finals. The council had said that June 23 will be kept as Reserve Day for the time interrupted by the rain. With this, we will be able to get 5 days of play done completely. It will be used only for some reason due to bad time in 5 regal day. If the decision to lose, win, draw or tie is out in 5 regular days, then the match will not go on Reserve Day. The decision was taken just before the start of the Test Championship in 2018.
The referee will decide on Reserve Day on the 5th day
The ICC said that the referee will take a decision regarding Reserve Day. They will inform both the team and the media about any problems related to the time and will explain how the Reserve Day can be used. Regarding whether or not there will be Reserve Day and how long it will be, the referees will tell about an hour before the end of the match on the 5th day of regular day.
Final will be played from grade-1 duke ball
The final between India and New Zealand will be played from Grade-1 Duke Ball. The match is played in England and the West Indies with the same ball. Whereas, SG ball is used in countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Kookaburra balls are used for matches in Australia and New Zealand. Along with this, the ICC has also clarified that the decisions taken in February about the Decision Review System (DRS) and Umpires’ call will continue in the final.
SG is used in the Indian sub-continent, Kookaburra in Australia and Duke Ball in England.
DRS and Umpires call rules will continue
DRS had been in a lot of controversy in India’s Test series against Australia and England. There were a lot of questions about the umpires’ call on LBW. Also, there was a demand to reconsider the DRS rule. On this, the ICC decided to continue the umpires’ call in March.
ICC Cricket Committee Chairman Anil Kumble said that DRS means correcting mistakes made during matches. In this, the umpire’s decision on the field is given due consideration. This is the role of the umpires’ call.
Changes made to DRW in LBW review rules
Along with this, the ICC Cricket Board and the Cricket Committee made some changes to the rules of LBW Review in DRS. According to the new rule, the height of the wicket zone has been increased to the highest end of the stump for the review of LBW. This means that on review, the height above the bells will be considered.
The new rule will increase the height of the wicket zone
If 50% of the ball is missing the top of the bails, then it will be given an umpires call. At the same time, the height of the lower part of the bells was considered in the earlier rule. That is, if 50% of the ball is touching the lowest part of the bails, then the umpires were called. The new rule will increase the height of the wicket zone.
The player can ask the umpire before taking the LBW review
The second change was also made by the ICC with the review of LBW itself. According to this, before taking a review on the umpire’s decision, the player will be able to talk to the umpire and ask if the batsman had tried to play the ball properly. This will make it easier to take a review and will not ruin the review.
There was a lot of controversy over Chris Jordan’s short run to Punjab Kings in IPL 2020.
Short run decision now in the hands of third umpire
The third change was made by the ICC with a short run. According to the new rule, the TV umpire will decide the short run. The ICC said in a statement that the third umpire would review it in replays. If a mistake occurs, it will be corrected before the next ball is bowled.