ICC Announced Venues For World Test Championship Final 2023 And 2025

ICC has announced locations for World Test Championship Final 2023 and 2025: The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently closed the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground as the venue for the final of the 2023 and 2025 ICC World Test Championship. The decision was made at the recently hosted ICC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Birmingham, England.

The top clash of the ICC’s inaugural 2021 World Test Championship was held at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, between India and New Zealand. The match was previously scheduled to be held in Lord’s London, but due to numerous Covid-19 complications, the final was shifted to Southampton.

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New Zealand is the reigning champion of the classic tournament, beating India in the duel at the top. The championship lasts more than two years and is attended by nine test countries.

Each side will play three home and three away test series leading up to the World Test Championship. The teams are ranked according to their win percentage and the two best sides eventually meet in the final.

Earlier, ICC chairman Greg Barclay had indicated the high probability that Lord’s would host both WTC finals. Speaking to BBC’s Test Match Special, Barclay said that due to England’s county championship, a number of venues will automatically disappear from ICC’s radar.

“It’s June, so that rules out some other locations and we need to get some certainty about where it’s hosted. We are now out of Covid so subject to arrangements being made and we can be hosted from Lord’s I think that is the intention,” Barclay had said.

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ICC World Test Championship 2023 Points Table:

ICC WTC 2023 Points table
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Currently, South Africa tops the WTC points table with an overall win rate of 71.43. The Proteas have won five tests and lost just two in three series played to date. Australia is in second place with a 70 percent win, followed by Sri Lanka with a 53.33 win percentage.

The Indian team is fourth in the ranking after four test series with a win percentage of 52.08. India has won six friendlies apart from losing four and ending two in a draw. In addition, India has been found guilty of slow overrun, deducting five points from India’s total number.

To play the final of the ICC WTC 2023, India must win all the remaining Test matches, which is a tall order.

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