The final of the inaugural season of the ICC World Test Championship is going to be hosted at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton between the two finalists, India and New Zealand. The much-awaited match will be played from June 18 to June 22.
While it was initially decided that the WTC final will be hosted at the iconic Lord’s stadium, the Board of Control of Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly and the vice president of the board confirmed that the venue for the match has now been shifted to Southampton. Although, ICC is yet to release an official statement on the news.
“Yes, the final will be played in Southampton keeping an eye on the COVID situation,” confirmed BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla confirmed while speaking to ANI.
“I’m looking forward to attending the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton,” Ganguly said at the latest development.
While the New Zealand cricket team became the enter the WTC final after the Australian cricket team called off their South Africa tour last month, the second finalists stormed into the finals with their resounding 3-1 victory in the recently concluded Test series against the England cricket team.
Sourav Ganguly congratulated the Indian team on their achievement after they topped the ICC WTC points table to battle off the New Zealand team. He especially acknowledged the team for their crucial victory over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy that played a pivotal role in their success.
“Looking forward to the WTC final and I hope we get past New Zealand. Congratulate Rahane, Kohli, everyone involved. The way Pant won India the Brisbane game was excellent.”