With a few weeks left for the highly anticipated ICC World Test Championship final, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is reworking the clauses of “joint winners” and “reserve day” for the India vs New Zealand clash set to start next month.
The international cricket governing body had initially decided upon going ahead with the idea of declaring both the teams as “joint winners” in case of a draw and setting a “reserve day” to avoid the impacts of bad weather conditions.
However, the body is reconsidering its decisions, stating several members of the body do not see the “joint winners” clause as a fit outcome of the inaugural season of the World Test Championship.
“The idea of having joint winners also doesn’t sit very well given it’s the first time a WTC final is being played. So, one has to have maximum options open to get a result out of the match. The ICC committee is working on it and it should be out this week,” an ICC source told TOI according to the reports.
The World Test Championship final will take place from from June 18 to June 22 in at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. ICC had decided to set June 23 as the reserve day if the bad weather caused loss of hours in during the first five days of the game. However, the plan is likely to change.
“The idea was to ensure that the match is played out in the 30 hours in the first five days. And the reserve day would come into play only if a total of 30 hours were not played in the first five days. That would have meant that the result had a lesser chance of being influenced by weather,” the source augmented.