ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions: India and New Zealand to be crowned ‘joint winners’ in case of a ‘draw or tie’

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ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions: ICC decides for reserve day to get a winner. ©ICC/Twitter

ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions, India vs New Zealand: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the playing conditions as per which in case of a draw both India and New Zealand will be crowned “joint winners” of the ICC World Test Championship final at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton scheduled from June 18 to 22.

ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions: What are the key playing conditions?

  • 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.
  • June 23rd has been kept as the Reserve Day in case a result is not achieved in five days. 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.

ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions: Who will decide the ‘Reserve Day’?

In the event of lost time during the match, the Match Referee will update the teams about the way in which the “reserve day” may be used.

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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 WTC Final Playing Conditions:  Which ball will be used?

According to the press release by ICC, the match will be played using Grade 1 Dukes cricket balls.

ICC WTC Final Playing Conditions, Ind vs NZ: Rules on Short Runs, Player Reviews and DRS Reviews

Short Runs – The Third Umpire will automatically review any call of a ‘short run’ by the On-field Umpire and communicate the decision to the On-field Umpire prior to the next ball being bowled.

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Player Reviews – The fielding captain or the dismissed batsman may confirm with the Umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball prior to deciding whether to initiate a player review for LBW.

DRS Reviews – For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width