Southampton to host World Test Championship final

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the final of the ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand will be staged in a bio-secure bubble at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. The cricket match was initially set to be held at Lord’s but ICC Board along with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) considered a safer venue to hold the final.

“Yes, the final will be held at Ageas Bowl,” Ganguly told a local news outlet. “I will go for the World Test Championship and hopefully we can get past New Zealand in the final. New Zealand will be there before us and they will play a couple of Test matches (against England),” the Board chief said in a separate interview. Stay tuned for more cricket betting tips and predictions her at 12BETIndia.

The ICC later released a statement regarding the venue selection. “In selecting the Hampshire Bowl, the ICC drew on ECB’s experience of delivering a full summer of bio-safe international cricket in 2020,” ICC said in a statement. “The venue provides world-class playing and training facilities, giving both teams the best possible environment in which to prepare.”

The governing body added, “Whilst the on-site accommodation will significantly reduce the risk around COVID-19 transmission and better protect the health and safety of everyone involved in delivering the final. Should the UK government’s phased easing of COVID lockdown measures proceed as planned, it is anticipated that a limited number of fans will be allowed into the Hampshire Bowl to watch the final.”

New Zealand were the first team to make to the final followed by India after winning against England. “The ICC World Test Championship final is the pinnacle event in the Test calendar and is intended to be a week-long celebration of the oldest form of the game. A format that is rooted in tradition and features the best that the game has to offer,” ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice said.

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I would also like to congratulate both India and New Zealand for becoming part of history by reaching the first final,” Allardice added. “We are confident that in selecting the Hampshire Bowl, we have given ourselves the best possible chance to successfully deliver the final whilst keeping everyone involved safe and healthy and giving fans the opportunity to watch the two best Test teams in the world.”

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