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WTC final – India and New Zealand to share trophy in case of a draw or a tie

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Reserve day to be used only if time lost on first five days are not made up on those days

India and New Zealand will be crowned joint winners of the inaugural World Test Championship in case the final ends in a draw or a tie, the ICC has confirmed in a release. And while there is a reserve day, it will come into play only if time lost during the five regular days – June 18 to 22 – is not made up on those days. The ICC has also announced that the match will be played using Grade 1 Dukes balls.

As reported by ESPNcricinfo in 2018, these playing conditions had been put in place before the commencement of the WTC’s 2019-2021 cycle.

On Friday, the ICC reiterated that the reserve day will only be a contingency measure and would not be used to get to a result in case the “five full days of play” are not enough to separate the two teams.

“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.

“In the event of time being lost during the match, the ICC match referee will regularly update the teams and media about the way in which the reserve day may be used. The final decision on whether the reserve day needs to be used will be announced at the scheduled start of the last hour on the fifth day.”

New rule changes to be implemented
The final will be played with the recent changes to international playing conditions implemented – they are in effect in the ongoing Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka series too.

  • Short runs: The third umpire will automatically review all calls of short runs by on-field umpires, and communicate the decision to the field before the next ball is bowled.

  • Player reviews: The fielding captain or the dismissed batter will confirm with the on-field umpires whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball – for an lbw review – prior to deciding whether to initiate a review.
  • DRS reviews: For lbw reviews, the 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.

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