ICC confident of staging WTC final as planned despite coronavirus second wave
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released a press statement on Monday (April 19) where it reiterated its confidence of organizing the inaugural World Test Championship final as planned, in spite of a coronavirus second wave in India.
The WTC final, to be contested between India and New Zealand, is currently scheduled for June this year. The marquee event will take place between June 18 and 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
The press statement comes on the back of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic being experienced by India at the moment, which prompted the United Kingdom to add India to its ‘red list’ and banning all arrivals from the country on Monday.
In spite of the recent turn of events, ICC is confident that they will be able to stage the highly anticipated WTC final as planned.
“We are currently discussing with the UK Government the impact of countries being on the ‘red list’,” said an ICC spokesperson.
“The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and other Members have demonstrated how we can stage international cricket safely in the middle of a pandemic, and we are confident that we can continue to do that and that the World Test Championship Final will go ahead as planned in June in the UK.”
It was officially announced early March that India and New Zealand will go head-to-head in the final in a bio-secure bubble in Southampton, and a limited number of fans will be allowed in if the UK government’s phased easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures proceed as planned.