Southampton, June 18: The first session of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand has been washed out due to continuous drizzle at the Ageas Bowl.
The ICC has added a reserve day on June 23 but in case of a no-result, the Test Championship will be shared.
The weather in England is always a major influencer in a game of cricket. Southampton, the venue of the match, has created a typical situation that will have both sides in a quandary.
The ICC has allocated a Reserve Day to make up for the time lost due to any reason during the regular 5 days of the Final. June 23 has been set aside as the Reserve Day.
In the event of time being lost during the match, the ICC match referee will be updating the teams and media about the manner in which the Reserve Day may be utilized.
"The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners as well as the allocation of a Reserve Day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the Final scheduled to be played from 18 to 22 June, with 23 June set aside as the Reserve Day. Both of these decisions were made in June 2018, prior to the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship," ICC said in a release.
"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," ICC added.
The final of the World Test Championship will be played using Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls. Moreover, ICC also clarified regulations related to short run and DRS in order to avoid any controversy.
For Short Runs- If the on-field Umpire signals a short-run, the third Umpire will automatically review the call and the decision will be made before the next ball is bowled.
For DRS Reviews- The height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted for LBW reviews to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s call margin around the stumps for both height and width.
For Player Review- The batsman who has been given out or the fielding captain may confirm with theon-field Umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the before deciding whether to go for a player review for LBW.
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