The inaugural final of the ICC World Test Championship, set to be played between India and New Zealand from June 18, will happen at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, the International Cricket Council announced on Wednesday (March 10).
The decision was taken following discussion between the ICC and therefore the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB,) where a variety of options were considered to make sure that the Test is often staged safely with the potential impact of COVID-19 minimized for all involved. Southampton became a winner given its on-site accommodation facilities. The Hampshire Bowl and Old Trafford played hosts to all or any of the international matches in England last year.
Tom Harrison, the ECB CEO, said “As the world’s first fully bio-secure cricket venue, it’s shown itself capable of delivering international matches to the very best of standards, even against the backdrop of a worldwide pandemic. I’m sure the finale of the ICC World Test Championship is going to be an exquisite occasion.”
The ICC also added that should the united kingdom government’s phased easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures proceed as planned, it’s anticipated that a limited number of fans are going to be allowed within the stadium to observe the ultimate.
Geoff Aldrich, ICC’s head, Cricket, said, “We are confident that in selecting the Hampshire Bowl, we’ve given ourselves the simplest possible chance to successfully deliver the ultimate whilst keeping everyone involved safe and healthy and giving fans the chance to observe the 2 best Test teams within the world go head-to-head for the proper to call themselves the ICC World Test Champions.
“I would like to thank the ECB for his or her guidance and advice to enable us to form this decision, which provides us the simplest possible opportunity to deliver a secure and successful World Test Championship Final.”