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Will ICC WTC final take place in India? BCCI secretary Jay Shah reveals

Published at :May 10, 2024 at 4:52 PM
Modified at :May 10, 2024 at 4:52 PM
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The ICC WTC 2025 final will also be held in England.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has shared his thoughts on talking with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host the next final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) in 2027 outside England.

The ICC WTC was introduced by the ICC in 2019 and the first final of the WTC was played between India and New Zealand in Southampton amidst Covid regulations in 2021. Both the teams were hosted in the facility at the ground and the match saw New Zealand defeating India in a thrilling contest.

The second final of the ICC WTC in 2023 was played at the Oval in London between India and Australia. Australia completely dominated India in a one-sided contest and became the first team to win all three ICC World titles.

The upcoming final of the ICC WTC in 2025 has been allotted to the iconic and historic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Notably, all three finals of the ICC WTC have been scheduled in June in the UK.

“We have spoken to the ICC for 2027”- Jay Shah on moving the WTC final out of England

In a significant development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has given a massive update on the venue for the WTC final in 2027. Shah indicated that the BCCI is in talks with the ICC to stage the WTC 2027 final somewhere other than England.  

However, both WTC finals have been held in England, and the final of the current cycle will likewise be played at Lord’s, the cricketing world’s most famous venue. Shah disclosed that the BCCI made a daring move by approaching the apex body with a suggestion to host the WTC 2027 final at a different location.

However, Jay Shah also explained that England is seen as a suitable venue for the WTC finals which are held in June.

“We have spoken to the ICC for 2027. There are only three main Test centres, India, England and Australia. You cannot hold it in Australia during that window or even in India. Even in Bengaluru, it rains during that time,” Shah was quoted by PTI.

Each WTC cycle lasts two years, and the top two teams meet in the championship’s final fixture. 

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