Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has advised the ICC for the results of the rain-hit World Test Championship (WTC) final. He has said that if the match is a draw, then tie breakers should be used like in football and tennis. The first and fourth day’s play in the final was completely washed out due to rain. Whereas, on the second and third day also, the game had to be stopped in the middle due to light drizzle in between. In 4 days only 30% of the matches have been completed.
“Don’t let 2 years of hard work go to waste.”
Gavaskar said that players of both the teams have worked hard for two years to reach the final and no one wants to be satisfied with a draw. Fans also want the result of this match. In such a situation, the ICC should find a formula to choose the winner. ICC’s Cricket Committee should take a decision on this. However, it is difficult to change the rules, as the playing conditions were cleared by the council before the final began.
“It’s very difficult to have three innings in 2 days,”
Gavaskar told India Today, adding that after four days, it now looks like the WTC is heading towards a final draw. It is very difficult to have 3 innings in the next 2 days. Yes it is possible only if both the teams bat poorly. So there can be 3 innings. Tie breaker can result. There is a penalty shootout in football. At the same time, there are 5 sets in tennis and then it is decided by the tie breaker.
Only 141.1 overs could be
played in 4 days, till after 4 days of play in the final, only 141.1 overs could be played. June 23 has been kept as a reserve day. In such a situation, there is a match of about 196 overs including 5th and Reserve Day. However, it seems difficult to get any results in these too. The more time is lost, the more time will be extended on the reserve day. This will be announced by the referees an hour before the day ends on June 22.
New Zealand’s score in the first innings is 110+ runs for 2 wickets. Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are at the crease. Team India scored 217 runs in the first innings.