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Should ICC have a formula in place to determine winner for a drawn WTC final? Sunil Gavaskar comments

The ongoing ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final between India and New Zealand has been frustrating due to severe rain delays. Therefore, in case of a draw, Sunil Gavaskar feels that ICC should have a definite formula to determine the winner.

Should ICC have a formula in place to determine winner for a drawn WTC final? Sunil Gavaskar comments-ayh
Southampton, First Published Jun 22, 2021, 4:45 PM IST
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India and New Zealand are locked in an exciting battle in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. However, the ultimate Test has already become frustrating owing to the continuous rain interruptions.

Consequently, the Test looks set for a draw, despite having a reserve day in place. As for the draw, the honours would be shared by both teams.

However, former Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar is seemingly not happy with the International Cricket Council's stance of allowing the ultimate Test to end in a draw. He feels that the ICC should come up with a plan or definite formula to determine a winner.

"Even if the WTC final is a draw, there should be a formula to choose the winner. ICC's cricket committee should think and then take a decision. In football, there a penalty shoot out or some other way to decide the winner in football. In tennis, there are five sets and there is a tie-breaker," he told Hindi news channel Aaj Tak.

"It seems that the World Test Championship final will end up as a draw and the trophy will be shared. To complete all three innings in a couple of days would be really difficult. Yes, if both teams bat extremely poorly, there is a chance for the Test to have a winner," he added.

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The only instance to date of two teams winning an ICC tournament final was back in 2002. India and Sri Lanka were crowned joint winners after the ICC Champions Trophy final was washed out on two occasions. 

Although ICC has methods in place to determine winners in the limited-overs contests in case of a tie, a washout usually ends up being a draw, with both teams winning the crown. As for Tests, a draw has been a valid result for ages.

A Super Over is currently in effect in ties during limited-overs contests, while previously, a bowl-out system was used. In Super Over, both teams play an over each, with a wicket limit of two. Meanwhile, in the bowl-out, bowlers were asked to hit the wickets with no batsmen.

As per our analysis, the formula of determining the winner based on First-innings lead makes sense, as it is a typical formula used for First-Class domestic games. Another procedure could be announcing the winner based on the WTC table standings or the ICC Test Rankings.

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