The first session of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand has been washed out due to persistent rain at Ageas Bowl stadium. The BCCI took to Twitter to update on the severity of the conditions of the stadium.
“Unfortunately, there will no play in the first session on Day 1 of the ICC World Test Championship final. #WTC21,” BCCI tweeted.
“Rain to start in Southampton means coffee and a chat watching the covers to start the day. #WTC21,” the BLACKCAPS tweeted.
Earlier, in the day Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin also took to Instagram to share a view of the current situation at Ageas Bowl. Taking the picture-sharing app, he wrote,
“The camera also has a raincoat,” wrote Ashwin on Instagram
His wife too took Twitter to inform the fans about persistent rain at the ground.
“Pouring down @WTC Final.”
As per the forecast, persistent rainfall is expected for all five days of the ICC. Keeping that in mind, ICC came up with a reserve day on June 23 for the WTC final. However, if the Test match ended in no result, the Test Championship will be shared.
“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,” the ICC had stated in May.