India-New Zealand World Check Championship last to be hosted in Southampton, confirms ICC

India-New Zealand World Check Championship last to be hosted in Southampton, confirms ICC

Dubai: India will tackle New Zealand within the last of the inaugural World Check Championship in a bio-secure bubble on the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from 18-22 June, the sport’s governing physique ICC mentioned on Wednesday.

Initially, the ultimate was speculated to be held on the Lord’s however the ICC Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) determined to alter the venue to make sure that the fixture may very well be staged safely with the potential influence of COVID-19 minimised for all concerned.

“In choosing the Hampshire Bowl, the ICC drew on ECB’s expertise of delivering a full summer time of bio-safe worldwide cricket in 2020,” ICC mentioned in a press release.

“The venue gives world-class taking part in and coaching amenities, giving each groups the very best atmosphere by which to arrange.”

The governing physique added “ought to the UK authorities’s phased easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures proceed as deliberate, it’s anticipated {that a} restricted variety of followers will probably be allowed into the Hampshire Bowl to look at the ultimate.”

New Zealand had been the primary staff to qualify for the ultimate and so they had been joined by India following their 3-1 collection win over England which concluded on Saturday.

“The ICC World Check Championship last is the top occasion within the Check calendar and is meant to be a week-long celebration of the oldest type of the sport,” Geoff Allardice, ICC Basic Supervisor, Cricket mentioned.

“We’re assured that in choosing the Hampshire Bowl, we now have given ourselves the very best likelihood to efficiently ship the ultimate while conserving everybody concerned secure and wholesome and giving followers the chance to look at the 2 greatest Check groups on the earth go head-to-head for the appropriate to name themselves the ICC World Check Champions.”

ECB Chief Govt Officer Tom Harrison mentioned: “We’re delighted that the ICC has chosen to host the inaugural World Check Championship Ultimate at The Hampshire Bowl.

“Because the world’s first absolutely bio-secure cricket venue, it has proven itself able to delivering worldwide matches to the best of requirements, even in opposition to the backdrop of a world pandemic.

“I’m positive the finale of the ICC World Check Championship will probably be an exquisite event.”

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