Best-of-three WTC final not realistic, says ICC | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Deciding the World Test Championship (WTC) in a best-of-three closing will not be a sensible concept in a crowded calendar, the governing Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) stated on Monday.
India and New Zealand will contest a one-off match in Southampton on Friday for check cricket’s greatest honour, together with the Check Championship Mace and a winners’ cheque of $1.6 million.
India coach Ravi Shastri has stated a best-of-three closing could be a super technique to decide the winner on the finish of the WTC’s two-year cycle.
ICC appearing CEO Geoff Allardice stated that may be potential solely “in an ideal world”.
“The fact of the worldwide cricket schedule is that we’re not going to have that month or so, blocking out a month or so for all of the groups within the match for a closing…,” Allardice informed a digital information convention. “That is why (a) one-match closing was determined upon.”
The WTC was launched in 2019 to create a pinnacle occasion for five-day worldwide cricket, following the successes of the T20 and 50-over world cups..
Australia and England had been within the race earlier than India and New Zealand pulled forward to seize the highest two spots within the WTC closing.
“We had been actually happy with the way in which it performed out,” Allardice stated of the qualification course of.
“It was apparent that the curiosity in sure sequence wasn’t simply restricted to the 2 groups concerned, ” he stated. “It was coming from everywhere in the cricketing world and I feel to deliver that form of context to check cricket is an actual step ahead.”
The ICC has authorized concussion substitutes in addition to COVID-19 substitute, which was launched final yr, for this yr’s closing.

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