With the focus gradually shifting from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, ICC General Manager Wasim Khan stated that the international governing body has been working closely with the local organizing committee to ensure that fans and viewers have a positive experience.
Wasim is also anticipating a full house for at least the first four days of the final match, as the clash between India and Australia will be a delight for all cricket fans. The 52-year-old replied that The Oval is a neutral venue for both finalists and a perfect fit for the tournament’s setup because it closely aligns with the northern hemisphere in terms of the final being held every two years.
“We have been collaborating closely with the local organizing committee (ECB) to guarantee a spectacular show for the spectators. We anticipate complete attendance for at least the first four days. “We are confident that we are moving in the right direction,” Wasim stated in a limited media interaction.
“According to the WTC cycle, we are playing in the summer in the northern hemisphere. Currently, in England, we are searching for a variety of venues. Lord’s was contemplated, but The Oval was chosen for this edition. The United Kingdom is ideally suited to host the tournament’s final every two years because it is located in the northern hemisphere, he added.
WTC has been canceled for at least the next eight years: Wasim Khan
Wasim commented on the WTC’s structure, stating that it works well for the longest iteration of the game. Notably, the ICC has also modified the playing conditions by eliminating the gentle signal.
“We made minor adjustments to the playing conditions, and the soft signal will no longer exist in the future, but the actual structure of the two-year cycle is continuously reviewed by the members. We consider their feedback before moving on to the next year, but the good news is that WTC has been approved for at least the next eight years,” Wasim said.
The fact that there have been only 12 draws out of 69 matches played during the cycle is sufficient evidence of the WTC’s positive influence on the way Test cricket is played.
“We have progressed significantly in this second edition. With 69 matches and only 12 draws, it is evident that a great deal of positive cricket is being played and that players are striving for results because the ultimate objective is to reach the final. England has transformed the way Test cricket is played, which augur well for the future. I believe the quality of cricket is evident to all, and we have the two finest teams in the final.”