The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to its official Twitter account to make the announcement.
“UPDATE – Unfortunately, play on Day 1 has been called off due to rains. 10.30 AM local time start tomorrow,” wrote the BCCI.
UPDATE – Unfortunately, play on Day 1 has been called off due to rains. 10.30 AM local time start tomorrow.#WTC21
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021
The announcement brings to an end what was an extremely frustrating day for cricket fans around the world, especially in India and New Zealand.
The day started with persistent heavy rain lashing in full flow in Southampton, forcing the ICC to first delay the toss and then call off the entire first session of the WTC final
As we continued to wait, there arrived a glimmer of hope with the rain halting for close to 90 minutes.
But the amount of water that the outfield had taken, even if there was no more rain, it would have been a herculean task for the groundsmen to start the WTC final on the first day.
The officials had announced an inspection at 07:30 IST. But, it never happened as the rain arrived again at around 07:00 PM IST.
The WTC final has now been official called off for the day, and weather permitting, it will start at 10:30 AM local time (03:00 PM IST) tomorrow.