BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed Southampton as the venue for the ICC World Test Championship’s final between India and New Zealand on the 18th of June. Initially, the match had been scheduled to take place at the Home of Cricket in Lord’s. However, Sourav Ganguly revealed that the Rose Bowl would stage it and he plans to attend the same.
India confirmed their spot last week when they beat England in the four-match Test series at home by 3-1. Virat Kohli’s men started the series needing to win it by 2-1 or 3-1 and they did precisely that to book their tickets for the tournament-decider. On the other hand, New Zealand already had theirs sealed when Australia cancelled South Africa’s tour.
Sourav Ganguly stated that he looks forward to attending the ICC Word Test Championship final, confirming that the venue is Southampton since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the shift. Since they have the hotel close to the stadium, they have decided it as the venue, with England doing the same after resuming cricket in the post-COVID era.
“I’m looking forward to attending the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton. Yeah, it is in Southampton. It was decided long time ago. Due to COVID and they [in Southampton] have the hotel absolutely close. When England resumed play after COVID, they had a lot of matches in Southampton due to the same reason,” Ganguly stated as quoted by India Today.
We will see when every team has played an equal number of games: Sourav Ganguly
When asked whether the 50-over World Cup is equivalent to the World Cup, the former Indian captain said that every trophy has its value and that the 50-over World Cup is also an amazing spectacle. On this occasion, the WTC was complicated due to the pandemic and have to judge when in the next edition, teams play equal number of matches.
“Every trophy has its own value. The 50-over World Cup is an amazing spectacle. It (WTC) was a bit complicated this time because of the pandemic. We will see when every team has played an equal number of games,” he added.