As per the latest developments, the ICC has finalized the iconic Lord’s cricket ground as the venue to host the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final for the 2021-2023 cycle. After a successful first edition of the World Test Championship cycle from 2019 to 2021, the race to become the best Test side on the planet has begun once again. Every team is trying to give their best in red-ball cricket to stay among the top two sides in the points table to reach the WTC final.
Last season, India and New Zealand encountered in the WTC final and the game was played at the Ageas Bowl, in Southampton, England. This time around, the ICC is planning to host the final in the same country but at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground.
Even the last year, ‘the home of cricket’ was slated to host the WTC final but the COVID-19 restrictions made it tough for the organizers to make the necessary arrangement at the preferred venue. Hence, the Ageas Bowl got the opportunity to host the ultimate game.
The Lord’s is likely to host the WTC final
The ICC Chairperson Greg Barclay has almost confirmed that the Iconic English venue has been chosen to host the marquee game.
“I think it is scheduled for Lord’s, that was always the intention. 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,” said the ICC chairperson Greg Barclay on BBC’s Test Match Special during the first Test between England and New Zealand.
However, at the same time, the ICC would have to consider the rain threats in England at the time of the WTC final. The rain disturbed the inaugural WTC final in Southampton which was won by New Zealand to win the maiden WTC championship.