New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday (June 6) said that the follow-on rule will not change for the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand even if play is washed out on Day One of the match. Usually, in international Test matches, the follow-on rule is not followed if the first day is washed out.
However, the WTC Final has an extra reserve day for rains which means that the match could go on five days even if no play takes place on the first day
Clause 14.1.1 of the ICC Rulebook states that “The side which bats first and leads by at least 200 runs shall have the option of requiring the other side to follow their innings. 14.1.2 The same option shall be available in matches of shorter duration with the minimum leads as follows: – 150 runs in a match of 3 or 4 days; – 100 runs in a 2-day match; – 75 runs in a 1-day match.”
Furthermore, in Clause 14.3, the cricketing body adds “If no play takes place on the first and second days of the match, clause 14.1 shall apply in accordance with the number of days remaining (including the scheduled Reserve Day) from the start of play. The day on which play first commences shall count as a whole day for this purpose, irrespective of the time at which play starts. Play will have taken place as soon as, after the call of Play, the first over has started.”
However, the ICC in communication to both the teams has said that the follow-on rule will remain the same after the first day is washed out and the follow-on target will be reduced from 200 to 150 if the first two days are washed out.
The World Test Championship Final will take place from June 18-22 at Rose Bowl Stadium at Southampton.