The playing conditions for the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand, which begins on June 18 in Southampton, were confirm by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday.
The ICC has set aside extra day, June 23, to compensate for any time lost during the regular playing days.
What if WTC final ends in a draw?
“The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners as well as the allocation of a Reserve Day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the Final – scheduled to be played from 18 to 22 June, with 23 June set aside as the Reserve Day. Both of these decisions were made in June 2018, prior to the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship,” the ICC said in its media release
The ICC stated that the reserve day will only be used if “lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day”.
To compensate for the time lost during ordinary playing days, match officials extend play by half an hour at the conclusion of the day and start the next day half an hour early.
“The Reserve Day has been scheduled to ensure five full days of play, and it will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day. There will be no additional day’s play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario,” read the ICC media release.
In their backyard, New Zealand uses Kookaburra balls, whereas India uses SG balls, however the WTC final will be played with Grade 1 Dukes balls.
Aside from these two, three new regulations are implementing in the WTC final: short runs, player reviews, and DRS reviews.
Before the next ball, the TV umpire will “automatically review” the on-field umpire’s short run call and inform him of his decision.
Before determining whether to take the LBW review or not, the players who were out or the fielding skipper may establish with the on-field umpire whether a genuine attempt to play the ball was made or not.
In case of LBW reviews, the “height margin of the Wicket Zone has lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.”