Lord’s to host the WTC finals for 2023 & 2025 cycle

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Lord’s cricket ground has been finalized as the venue for the next two World Test Championship finals in 2023 and 2025 by International Cricket Council (ICC). The decision was taken during the ICC AGM which concluded in Birmingham.

The prestigious cricket ground was also chosen as the hosts for the Finals of the inaugural WTC final in 2021 which was later shifted to Southampton due to COVID.

In the inaugural WTC finals New Zealand beat India to become the first team to win the World Test Championship. New Zealand chased down the target of 140 runs with 8 wickets to spare. Kyle Jamieson was player of the match for his 7 wickets in the match and vital 21 runs in first innings.

WTC 2021 Final India vs New Zealand Scorecard

Here is the scorecard of India vs New Zealand WTC Final scorecard:

  • India 1st Innings – 217
  • New Zealand 1st innings – 249
  • India 2nd innings – 170
  • New Zealand 2nd innings – 140/2

ICC Chair – Greg Barclay mentioned that since many other venues in the world are not able to host a cricket match during the month of June so Lord’s was chosen for the same. He said:

“It’s June so that rules out a number of other venues and we’ve got to get certainty around where it’s hosted. We’re out of Covid now so subject to arrangements being made and being able to be hosted out of Lord’s I think that’s the intention.”

There are total 9 teams participating in the second cycle of World Test Championship (2021-23) which includes all full members except Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan. In the two year cycle, each team will play six series – three home and three away.

In the WTC 2021-23 cycle there are still many teams in race to qualify for the finals. South Africa and Australia currently occupy the top two spots in the standings. Meanwhile, England sits at the seventh spot in the current ICC World Test Championship table and India is at fourth place.

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