ICC postpones announcement of World Test Championship final venue in June with Lord’s first-choice in limbo over UK coronavirus – with Ageas Bowl backing ECB
- ICC wants to select Lord’s as the location for the World Test Championship final
- However, they have postponed this due to the handling of Covid-19 in the UK
- The final of the World Test Championship will be held over five days from June 18
The ICC has postponed the announcement of the venue for the World Test Championship final in June as they remain committed to Lord’s.
Due to its prestige, the home of cricket remains the governing body’s preferred ground to host the five-day match from June 18, an ICC spokesperson confirmed. Sportsmail Tuesday, but uncertainty over the Covid situation in the UK by the summer is proving problematic.
On the advice of the ECB – which will lead the game as the home board – the Ageas Bowl in Southampton will be used if a bio-safe environment is deemed necessary, as it was for half of England’s international schedule last summer.
Lord’s remains the ICC’s No. 1 venue for the June World Test Championship final
However, they have delayed announcing their location due to the UK situation with Covid
Hampshire HQ is seen as the best foundation for creating the ‘very safe bubble’ that the ICC would need to make participating teams feel safe if the country remains in lockdown or is under severe constraints in construction.
It houses an on-site hotel, gyms, a nursery and practice nets and has an adjacent golf course – for both exercise and relaxation.
The ICC says a situation that has been going on since before Christmas remains fluid and no deadline has been set, although the ECB announced a two-game test run against New Zealand earlier this month for which tickets are on sale.
England need to win next month with a score of 3-0 or higher in India to ensure their place in the showpieces match, but could also qualify via a smaller margin in the event that South Africa beats Australia in the unconfirmed final series the WTC.
The Ageas Bowl in Southampton will be used when a bio-safe environment is considered necessary