The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the World Test Championship final (ICC WTC Final) will be played on a reserve day to make up for the time lost due to severe rain over the first five days of the tournament.
The International Cricket Council had issued the playing regulations for the ‘Ultimate Test’ prior to the WTC final, revealing that if the 450 overs are not completed in the specified first 5 days, the reserve day will be used.
However, with two of the five days being cancelled due to rain, it was becoming clear that the full reserve day would be needed.
The International Cricket Council verified this on Tuesday.
- The reserve day will begin at 3:00 p.m. IST and will last for a minimum of 330 minutes plus the last hour.
- There will be a total of 98 overs bowled, including 15 overs in the required last hour.
- The start of the required last hour will be signalled by the on-field umpires.
- Play shall be extended to make up for time lost if play is paused for any reason other than usual intervals before the start of the final hour.
- If the game ends in a draw after 98 overs of play on the reserve day, the WTC trophy will be split between two teams.