The iconic Lord’s Stadium is all set to host the final of the World Test Championship 2021-23 (WTC 23 Final). The decision was made public during ICC Annual General Meeting in Birmingham, which took place on July 26th.
It has also been learnt that the final of the next edition of the tournament, WTC 25, will also be held at the Lord’s. As far as the last version of the Test competition is concerned, the 2019-21 WTC final took place at Southampton.
Although the WTC 21 final was scheduled to be staged at the Lord’s but the COVID restrictions shifted it to Southampton’s Ageas Bowl. The encounter took place between India and New Zealand, and the Kiwis, under the leadership of Kane Williamson, became champions of the inaugural WTC edition.
It must be noted that there are nine members in the WTC. Each member plays six Test series, including three away and three at home. The competition runs over a two-year cycle.
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ICC Chairman Greg Barclay earlier indicated the possibility of hosting the WTC finals of the upcoming two editions at the Lord’s. He stated,
“It’s June so that rules out a number of other venues and we’ve got to get certainty around where it’s hosted. We’re out of Covid now so subject to arrangements being made and being able to be hosted out of Lord’s, I think that’s the intention,”
As far as WTC 2021-23 is concerned, South Africa are placed at the first position with a winning per cent of 71.43, whereas Australia are next with 70%. Pakistan and India are the next two in the lane with the winning percentages of 58.33 and 52.08.
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