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Playing Condition and Rules changed for the final of ICC World Test Championship by ICC

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Playing Condition and Rules changed for the final of ICC World Test Championship by ICC.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday tweaked some of the playing conditions and rules ahead of the final of the ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand. 

As per the new playing conditions regulated by the global body, both India and New Zealand will be crowned as the joint winners of the marquee summit clash in case of a drawn match or a tie.

“The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners,” ICC said in a media release.

Moreover, the ICC has assigned a reserve day on 23rd June to make up for any lost time during the play of the regular five test days. 

The reserve day will be used in case there is a delay in the start of the final due to rain, bad weather, poor visibility and other such situations.

Virat Kohli-led India and Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will take on each other in the final of the ICC World Test Championship from June 18-22.

“The Reserve Day is allocated to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the Final – scheduled to be played from 18 to 22 June, with 23 June set aside as the Reserve Day. Both of these decisions were made in June 2018, prior to the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship,” the ICC added.

The match referee will continuously update the teams and media in case there is a need of using the reserve day.

The final call of using the reserve day will be made prior to the beginning of the last hour’s play on day five of the test match.

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Dukes Grade 1 Balls to be used:

The Indian outfit uses regular SG balls in home test games while New Zealand prefers Kookaburra balls in the home series, the final of the ICC WTC will be played with Grade 1 Dukes balls.

Changes in the Rules:

Short Run:

The TV Umpire or the Third Umpire will automatically review the short run call of the on-field umpires and communicate the right decision before the start of the next ball.

Players Reviews:

A dismissed batsman or a fielding skipper can now communicate with the on-field umpires on whether a genuine attempt to play the shot has been made before referring for the review of LBW.

DRS Call:

In the case of LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone has been lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.

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