World Test Championship (WTC) finals likely to begin on June 8 in The Oval – Reports

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The final of the World Test Championship (WTC) is reportedly set to take place on June 8 at The Oval in London, England.

According to a report, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has yet to finalize the final dates, although it is expected that, as with the previous edition, a spare day would be available.

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It is perilously close to the tentative date for the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) championship game, which is expected to end on May 28 or June 4.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), based on the report, plans to launch the 16th edition of the event on March 31 or April 1, whichever date is preferred.

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The IPL will resume its home and away format from the new season and the opening game is expected to be played in Ahmedabad, the city of the defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT).

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The Indian players’ schedule leading up to the World Test Championship final includes, assuming they qualify, four Test matches and three One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Australia. On March 22, the home series is expected to come to a close, giving the athletes a 10-day vacation to refocus and recharge.

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Team India kept their ICC World Test Championship title chances alive:

South Africa’s 2-1 Test series loss to England in September bolstered the Indian cricket team’s prospects of qualifying for the World Test Championship Final. With two consecutive defeats in England, Dean Elgar’s team’s WTC points percentage (PCT) fell from 75 to 60.

Earlier in July, Team India fell to England by 7 wickets in the rescheduled Fifth Test at Edgbaston. To make matters worse, they penalized two WTC points for a slow overrun in England.

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After winning the test against Bangladesh, Team India has moved up to second place in the 2021-23 ICC Test Championships points table. India’s win percentage increased from 55.77 to 58.93 with 8 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws. India now has 99 points, including 5 penalties.
India are currently second in the WTC team standings and the next home test series against Australia will determine their fate.

Also Read: Predicted Indian squad for World Test Championship final

Virat Kohli | Rohit Sharma | Rishabh pants | KL Rahul | Suryakumar Yadav | Sanju Samson | Shreyas Iyer | Yuzvendra Chahal | Jasprit Bumrah

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