The International Cricket Council (ICC) has declared that the set follow-on rule for the primal ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final will see no changes. The body clarified that the rule will stay in place if the game is washed out on Day One of the India vs New Zealand clash. This is contrary to the situation in the case of normal Tests.
The clarification comes in light of the reserve day clause that ICC has set for the final that is almost only about a fortnight away. ICC has kept a reserve day for the match, which is set to take place from June 18-June 22 in Southampton, with June 23 as the reserve day.
ICC has decided to set June 23 as the reserve day if the bad weather or other conditions caused a loss of hours during the first five days of the match.
The normal follow-on rules in the ICC playing conditions (clause 14) state: “14.1.1: The side which bats first and leads by at least 200 runs shall have the option of requiring the other side to follow their innings. 14.1.2 The same option shall be available in matches of shorter duration with the minimum leads as follows: – 150 runs in a match of 3 or 4 days; – 100 runs in a 2-day match; – 75 runs in a 1-day match.”
Further clause 14.3 states: “If no play takes place on the first and second days of the match, clause 14.1 shall apply in accordance with the number of days remaining (including the scheduled Reserve Day) from the start of play. The day on which play first commences shall count as a whole day for this purpose, irrespective of the time at which play starts. Play will have taken place as soon as, after the call of Play, the first over has started.”
While communicating with the two competing teams, ICC stated, “Clause 14.3 has been amended so that the first innings lead of at least 200 runs will only change to 150 runs if no play takes place on the first and second scheduled days of the match. Normally this will occur if only the first day’s play is lost, but with the provision of a reserve day, it remains a 5-day match even if the first day is lost.”
WTC final: Playing conditions set by ICC- Highlights
- Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls will be used in the match.
- For short runs, the Third Umpire will review the call by the On-Field Umpire and give the decision before the next ball.
- In case of a review, the captain of the bowling side or the dismissed batsman gets to confirm with the on-field empire whether the bowling attempt before initiating a player review.
- The height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps for LBW reviews. This is to make sure that the same umpire’s call margin remains around the stumps.
The World Test Championship final will take place from June 18 to June 22 (June 23 as reserve day) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.