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ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final: Here's what would happen in case of a draw

The ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final between India and New Zealand would be played next month in Southampton. It would be the maiden final of the first season of the prestigious Test competition, while here’s what would happen if there is no definite winner.

ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final: Here's what would happen in case of a draw-ayh
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published May 28, 2021, 12:14 PM IST
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Fans and the cricketing fraternity is desperately looking forward to the highly-anticipated final between India and New Zealand for the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21, set to be played in Southampton from June 18. It would be the first time that India would be playing a Test at a neutral venue.

Meanwhile, the fans are curious to know what would happen if the final ends in a draw or tie. While many contemplated sharing the title, some even put forward the idea of declaring the winner based on the first-innings lead.

On the same note, the International Cricket Council announced the playing conditions of the final. It has stated that the trophy would be shared if no definite winner emerges, i.e. if the match ends in a draw/tie. Also, the ICC has set the provision of a reserve day on June 23 in case of a rain-marred game.

“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,” said ICC in a release.

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“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,” it added.

“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 match will be played using Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls,” it further appended.

Also, the final would see three new rules being implemented in international cricket. The new laws have already been enforced during the ongoing One-Day International series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League 2020-23.

  • Short-run: The third umpire would be active throughout the game and check for every run taken by the batsman. If the batsman falls short of completing a run, he will communicate the same to the on-field umpires before the next delivery is bowled.
  • Player review: Before making an LBW referral, the fielding captain or the batsman dismissed must communicate with the umpire whether a genuine effort was made to play the shot.
  • LBW DRS: For DRS involving LBW, the impact zone has been increased to the base of the bails. Therefore, if the hawkeye shows the ball hitting within the impact zone of the bails, it would stand out.

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