The final of the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship is likely to take place at the Oval in London, starting on June 7. Australia are currently at the top of the points table, while India are placed fourth after Pakistan’s defeat in the first Test against England.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, the final dates are yet to be confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), but it is believed that, much like the previous edition, the provision of a reserve day will be available.
The premier red-ball tournament is nearing its end and the final is likely to be played after the Indian Premier League (IPL) final, which is likely to take place on May 23 or 24. The report also adds that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to start IPL 2023 on either March 31 or April 1, with the latter being the preferred date for the kickstart.
Meanwhile, the cash-rich league will return to its original home-away format with the first game scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the home ground of the defending champions Gujarat Titans.
India still in the fray for a World Test Championship final berth
India are currently placed fourth in the WTC table, behind Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma and Co. will lock horns with Bangladesh in a two-match Test later this month.
They will then square off against Australia for a four-match Test series at home. If India manage to win all their remaining games, they should qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final for the second time in a row. However, they will look to go one step ahead and lift the trophy after losing to New Zealand in the final last year.