What would be the playing conditions for the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21?
The final of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship would be held next month between India and New Zealand in Southampton. However, both sides are unaware of the playing conditions as the same is expected to be announced by the International Cricket Council.
Team India has a serious task at hand as it would travel to England next month for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, to be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. However, there seems to be confusion regarding the playing conditions of the tie.
As of now, the International Cricket Council has not announced the playing conditions of the same, as to what would happen in case the match ends in a draw, tie, or is washed out. "Since this is not another bilateral series Test match, we need to know about the playing conditions. There are three basic pointers that we need to know," said an official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to PTI.
"What happens in case of a draw, tie or an eventual wash-out without at least one innings of both teams not being completed. The ICC will be publishing the Playing Conditions in the coming days. We can't put a date, but I believe they will send it soon," he added.
Meanwhile, upon arrival in London, Team India would quickly move to Southampton, where the team would quarantine during the England-New Zealand Test at the same venue. However, the ICC is to come up with the announcement on whether it would be a hard or soft quarantine, as a soft quarantine would allow them to train at the venue too.
The Indian members for the upcoming England tour have currently reached Mumbai and have begun their ten-day quarantine at a bio-secure hotel. Furthermore, the local-based players can join the bubble by May 24 before flying out to England upon testing COVID negative on three occasions.
The same joining date has been extended to Prasidh Krishna and Wriddhiman Saha. The duo had tested positive for COVID-19 during the 2021 Indian Premier League but have now made a full recovery.
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