The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the playing conditions for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) as the contest will begin on 18th June between India and New Zealand. The global council confirmed the playing rules and demands on Friday via a press conference.
Announcing the three rules, the council took the player review, short-run calls, and DRS review into its consideration. The rule for the short-run call says that the TV umpire will ‘automatically judge the short-run reported by an on-field umpire to him and tell him (on-field umpire) back about the final decision.
Discussing the player review rule, the ICC says that the player who gets out will be allowed to query the umpire if the delivery to get him out was genuine before going for an LBW appeal. The same rule implies to the fielding captain.
On the other hand, the rule for DRS review says that “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.”
While revealing the playing conditions, the ICC uttered adding an extra day as if any external hurdle disrupts the game in five original days, it could be commenced in that ‘extra day’. However, the original time schedule is of five days only and the additional day reservation (23rd June) policy implies external blockades only.
Along with it, the draw or a tie between will declare New Zealand and India as the joint winners. There will be no super over or count of boundaries as it happened in the final of the ICC World Cup 2019.
ICC World Test Championship final 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 – 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,” the ICC said in its media release.
If the game does not end in one’s favour after five full days of play, the game will be a draw but it won’t be dragged to an ‘extra day’ as decided by the playing conditions.
“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,” read the ICC media release.
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