Digital Desk, Dubai. The ICC on Friday briefed the rules of the first World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand to be held from 18 June. The ICC said that if the match remains a draw or tie, then the two teams will be declared joint winners. The ICC has also announced Reserve Day on 23 June for the finals to be played from 18 to 22 June.
The ICC said, “If the positive result of the match does not come after the full five days of play, then the
India plays SG ball at home and New Zealand uses Kookaburra at home. But the final of the World Test Championship will be played with the Grade 1 Duke Ball. The match is played in England and the West Indies with the same ball. The three changes made to the international playing conditions will also be implemented in the final. These changes have been brought to the World Cup Super League Series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The third umpire will now automatically review any ‘short run’ call by the on-field umpire and inform the on-field umpire his decision before the next ball is bowled.
The Fielding captain or the dismissed batsman may confirm with the umpire whether or not the ball was attempted before being reviewed by the LBW umpire’s decision.
For LBW review, the height of the wicket zone has been raised to the top of the stump. If 50% of the ball is missing the top of the bails, then it will be given an umpires call. At the same time, in the earlier rule, the height up to the bottom of the bales was considered.