ICC confident of hosting World Test Championship final as planned amid India's Covid-19 threat

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Apr 19, 6:10 PM

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The final of the World Test Championship scheduled to be played between India and New Zealand from June 18 will go ahead as per the plan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said on April 19. It said that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) along with the other cricket boards have suggested ways to host international cricket tournaments amid the highs of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The ECB 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,” ICC said in its media release.

The statement comes in the wake of the United Kingdom putting India on the ‘red list’ of countries and banning all travels from the country as the number of cases has started to set a new record each passing day in the last few days.

“We are currently discussing with the UK Government the impact of countries being on the ‘red list’,” an ICC spokesperson said.

The WTC final has already been shifted from Lord’s to Southampton in the wake of Covid-19 enforced crisis in the city of London. 

The Blackcaps have already announced their squad for the final against the Indian team while the men in blue are yet to announce their team.

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