BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed on Monday that the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be held in Southampton in June. The match is scheduled from June 18 to 22.
When the ICC Board had approved the inaugural cycle of the WTC, it had informally earmarked Lord’s as the potential venue for the final. The two teams who would contest the final were finalised on Saturday, with India completing a 3-1 series win against England to finish on top of the table, with New Zealand having secured their qualification earlier. The ICC sent out a release after India’s win listing the date for the final, but without naming the venue.
Lord’s has hosted several World Cup finals – for both men and women – but it would need the ECB’s nod, who were given the hosting rights for the WTC final by the ICC. Incidentally, Lord’s will be hosting the first match of the two-Test series between England and New Zealand from June 2 to 6.