The Indian cricket team is all set to board the flight to the United Kingdom for the maiden ICC World Test Championship final. The historic clash between India and New Zealand in Southampton has already become a talking topic throughout the world, but the International Cricket Council has yet to find a solution to certain difficulties with the format.
While all that saga is now a thing of the past, the biggest query remains on what if India against New Zealand affair at Southampton results in a draw or tie.
Though the initial regulations specified that if the match failed to draw a result in time, the tournament might have joint winners, the option of a “reserve day” was also preserved for specific circumstances.
However, ICC on Friday announced the tie-breaker formula if the WTC Final will end in a draw?
What is ICC’s Tie-Breaker Formula For WTC Final?
The ICC stated 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 WTC Final – scheduled to be played from June 18 to 22 at Southampton. June 23 is 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 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.
If a positive outcome is not attained even after five complete days of play, the match will be ruled a draw in that case.
In the event of time being lost during the match, the ICC Match Referee will regularly update the teams about the way in which the Reserve Day may be used.
The final decision on whether the Reserve Day needs to be used will be announced at the scheduled start of the last hour on the fifth day.
The final will also see the implementation of the following changes to international playing conditions that came into effect with the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
- Short Runs – The Third Umpire will automatically review any call of a ‘short run’ by the On-field Umpire and communicate the decision to the On-field Umpire prior to the next ball being bowled.
- Player Reviews – The fielding captain or the dismissed batsman may confirm with the Umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball prior to deciding whether to initiate a player review for LBW.
- DRS Reviews – For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.