The final of the World Test Championship between India and New Zealand has been delayed due to rain in England.
According to the French news agency AFP, the game could not start before the lunch break on the first day of the final match in Southampton, England.
The toss was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. local time and half an hour later, but due to heavy rain overnight and early morning rain, ground staff has begun a long process of drawing water.
World Test Championship Final: India and New Zealand has been delayed due to rain
The duration of a Test match is usually five days. But this match can be extended to the sixth day which must be decided by match referee Chris Broad. As this is the only way to cause bad weather. Can be used to make up for the lost time.
But former England batsman Chris Broad will not have to decide on the fifth day as the match could end earlier.
The winning team in this final will receive a prize of 1.6 million and the losing team will receive 800,000. It was a two-year program whose final series is to decide the Test champion.
Teams from India and New Zealand qualified for the final.
However, Indian captain Virat Kohli has questioned whether just one match will decide the best Test team in the world.
“If you are talking about Test cricket and deciding on a match and five days to decide which is the best team. Then it is not true,” the Indian captain said yesterday.
India on Thursday announced their squad. Which includes fast bowlers Jaspreet Bumra, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami. As well as spinners Ravi Chandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the first time.
New Zealand captain Ken Williamson, on the other hand, has recovered from an elbow injury that ruled him out of the series against England last week. However, referring to the team announcement, he said that “they will delay the announcement of their team until the toss.”
India can also change their team till the toss.