The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set up two pitches for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final match between India and Australia on June 7 at London’s Kennington Oval.
As a precaution before the important One-off Test, the ICC chose to prepare two fields for the match. The International Criminal Court (ICC) made this decision after oil protesters threatened to damage the pitch and field during the summit clash.
In addition to this, the governing body has also made a few changes to clause 6.4 of the Playing Condition rule for having an alternative track. If the pitch gets destroyed, the match officials will decide if it is safe to start playing again.
Also, a decision will be made about whether or not a second pitch can be used for the important top match. India and Australia have been told by the ICC about the extra security steps that have been put in place.
Information about section 6.4 (changes in pitch):
6.4.1: The game is over if the judges tell the match referee that they don’t think it’s fair or safe to keep playing.
6.4.2: The umpires on the pitch and the ICC Match referee will talk to the managers of both teams.
6.4.3: The game won’t start again unless both leaders agree to it.
6.4.4: If it is decided not to play again, the judges on the field will work with the ICC match referee to decide if the pitch can be fixed and the game can continue from where it was stopped. Given that the pitch is dangerous, the ICC match judge must decide if this repair would unfairly help one team over the other.
6.4.5: If the old pitch can’t be fixed, the ICC match referee will work with the ICC to see if the match can continue on another pitch at the same location, as long as the ICC is happy that the new pitch meets the required Test standard.
6.4.6: If the match can’t be continued on another pitch at the same location on any of the planned days (including the reserve day), the match is considered to be over.
6.4.7: The ICC match referee will keep both captains and the head of the ground authority aware during all of the above decision-making steps. The head of the ground authority will make sure that public comments are made at the right time and in the right way.