The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Wednesday that The Oval in London will host the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) in 2023, with the 2025 edition of the final in Lords.
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The dates for both the 2023 and 2025 WTC Finals will be confirmed in due course. At the ICC’s annual general meeting in Birmingham in July, England was designated to host the next two WTC finals.
“We are delighted to host next year’s ICC World Test Championship Final at The Oval, which has such a rich legacy and great atmosphere, which is ideal for such an important match on the calendar. After that, we will see the 2025 final to Lord’s which will provide a fitting backdrop for the ultimate Test.”
“Last year’s New Zealand-India final in Southampton was an exciting meeting and I’m sure fans around the world are looking forward to the next WTC final at The Oval. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to thank the England and Wales Cricket Board , Surrey County Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club for their support,” said ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice in an official release.
Currently, Australia and South Africa occupy the top two places in the WTC 2021-23 cycle rankings.
“It is a real honor that The Oval has been selected to host the World Test Championship final. It will be a fantastic opportunity to see the two best teams in the world play here in South London. Next year promises to be a fantastic summer of cricket at The Oval and this match will be a brilliant part of it,” said Steve Elworthy, CEO of Surrey County Cricket Club.
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Lord’s was originally scheduled to host the inaugural WTC final in 2021, but it had to be shifted to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton due to Covid-19 restrictions, where New Zealand was crowned champions after beating India. The iconic venue will now host the showpiece of the final in 2025, after The Oval received the final hosting rights for 2023.
“We are delighted that Lord’s will host the final of the ICC World Test Championship in 2025. It is fantastic news that the ICC has chosen to host the next two finals in London, with both venues providing suitable venues for the pinnacle of the championship,” said Guy Lavender, Chief Executive and Secretary, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).