BCCI chief Ganguly confirms new venue for ICC WTC final
Team India showed their true colours when they locked horns with England in the four-match Test series at home. After suffering a heavy 227-run defeat at the hands of the visitors, they bounced back in the next three games and won the Test series by 3-1. As a result, they have qualified for the ICC World Test Championship final.
India and New Zealand will play against each other in the ICC World Test Championship which is scheduled to be held in England later in the month of June. Earlier, India required 70 points from the available 120 in the high-profile series to make it to the final but finally collected 90 points.
Earlier, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the ICC WTC final after Australia decided to pull out of their tour to South Africa. Earlier, it was suggested that India and New Zealand will lock horns with each other in the ICC WTC final at Lord’s. But now the recent reports added that the venue might be changed and that Lord’s might not host the ICC WTC final.
BCCI confirms venue for WTC final
After India won the high-profile Test series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sourav Ganguly confirmed the venue for the final which will be held this summer in June. While speaking to India Today, the former Indian skipper had confirmed that the Test Championship final will be staged in Southampton on June 18.
Although the international cricket body, ICC is yet to confirm the venue, Ganguly was certain that the final will be held at the Ageas Bowl. “I’m looking forward to attending the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton.
Yeah, it is in Southampton. It was decided a long time ago. Due to COVID and they [in Southampton] have the hotel absolutely close. When England resumed play after COVID, they had a lot of matches in Southampton due to the same reason,” Sourav Ganguly said.
Ganguly was asked if the ICC World Test Championship matches with the 50-over World Cup. In reply, BCCI Boss said: “Every trophy has its own value. The 50-over World Cup is an amazing spectacle. It (WTC) was a bit complicated this time because of the pandemic. We will see when every team has played an equal number of games,” said Ganguly.
“Massive achievements given what the players have gone through. Right from the IPL in September to early March and they are not finished yet. A good 6 months in bio-bubbles and what they have achieved is fantastic.
Looking forward to the WTC final and I hope we get past New Zealand. Congratulate Rahane, Kohli, everyone involved. The way Pant won India the Brisbane game was excellent,” he added.