ICC WTC final: Instead of Lords, Southampton likely to host India vs New Zealand final

ICC WTC Final: The finals between India vs New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton is set to welcome 4000 fans, the ECB confirmed.  
ICC WTC Final: The finals between India vs New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton is set to welcome 4000 fans, the ECB confirmed.  
ICC WTC final – Southampton likely to be WTC final venue: Instead of Lords, Southampton is likely to host the World Test Championship (WTC) final between Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. The WTC will be held from June 18 to 22.According to a report by Cricbuzz, the International Cricket Council (ICC), along with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), have prepared Ageas Bowl as a potential venue for the pinnacle clash. Southampton is the front runner to host the WTC final, because of the facilities at the ground.

Rod Bransgrove, the county’s chairman, believes that the Ageas Bowl’s bio-bubble is unrivalled following the experience with England this summer.

According to a report by DailyMail in January, switching the location would lessen the COVID-19 risk for the final. The on-site hotel at the Ageas Bowl is still acting as a location for key workers and some other contractors whose work requires a bio-secure environment.

“I understand that a decision is imminent,’ Bransgrove told DailyMail. ‘It’s difficult to imagine that any ground other than Lord’s would be appointed for such a prestigious event, but if there is still some concern about bio-security and related issues then we’ll put our best foot forward and we’ll do everything we can to stage it.

ICC WTC final: India to face New Zealand

Virat Kohli and Co booked their ticket to Lords for the World Test Championship final after an emphatic series win against England. India beat the Three Lions by 25 runs and an innings. They will now face New Zealand in the WTC final on June 18 at Lords.

ICC World Test Championship Final: India finished at the top of the WTC standings with 520 out of 720 points. They now have 72.22 pct points. The Blackcaps, the first team to qualify for the WTC final, have 70.0 pct from five-Test series.

ICC World Test Championship Final Schedule: The final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship will now be played out from June 18 to 22 with June 23 acting as a reserve day. The decider was originally scheduled to be held from June 10 to 14 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. However, the schedule was pushed forward keeping in mind the proximity between the WTC final and the final of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League — dates yet to be officially announced — and any quarantine period that players might have to go through with an eye on the coronavirus pandemic.