ICC planning to move World Test Championship final out of Lord’s: Reports

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is reportedly planning to move the much-awaited World Test Championship finals of the Lord’s Cricket Ground due to covid-19 related challenges.

The iconic stadium was set to host the summit clash when the World Test Championship was inaugurated two years back. However, due to the drastic change of the logistical requirements to host a Test match over the past 12 months, the ICC is looking for better options.

As reported by the Times of India, the ICC is currently in conversation with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and relevant medical experts to finalize an alternative venue.

“The venue [for the World Test Championship Final] will be announced soon. Lord’s is not the venue the ICC is planning for. ICC will be advised by the England and Wales Cricket Board and its own medical health professionals to decide on the venue for the final. There could be a case of creating a similar bio-secure bubble as the ECB had for the last home summer,” an ICC source told TOI.

The report states that the Ageas Bowl in Southampton has emerged as the front-runner to host the final WTC match.

With a five-star hotel attached to the Ageas Bowl Stadium, Southampton has an edge over Lord’s in logistical convenience to prepare for bio-secure bubbles. Southampton was also one of the two hosts for England’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan last summer.

The WTC finals will be held between June 18 and 22 with June 23 been kept as a reserve day.

After defeating England 3-1 in the recently-concluded series, India will go up against Ne Zealand in the WTC finals.

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