India and New Zealand to share World Test Championship trophy if June's final is drawn or tied
India and New Zealand to meet in World Test Championship final at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18 in bio-secure bubble; title to be shared if game is drawn or tied; reserve day, on June 23, will only come into play if any time lost cannot be made up during first five days
Last Updated: 29/05/21 11:03am
India and New Zealand will be crowned joint winners of the inaugural World Test Championship final at The Ageas Bowl if the game is drawn or tied.
The International Cricket Council revealed the news as part of its announcement on playing conditions for the match, which will be staged at The Ages Bowl in Southampton from May 18 to 22.
A reserve day on June 23 is factored into the plans but will only come into play if time lost during the five regular days is not made up on those days.
The ICC statement read: "The reserve day has been scheduled to ensure five full days of play, and it will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day.
"There will be no additional day's play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario.
"In the event of time being lost during the match, the ICC match referee will regularly update the teams and media about the way in which the reserve day may be used.
"The final decision on whether the reserve day needs to be used will be announced at the scheduled start of the last hour on the fifth day."
The ICC also announced that Grade 1 Dukes balls will be used for the game.
Other regulations include automatic reviewing by the third umpire of any call of 'short run' by the on-field umpire, while the fielding captain or batsman may confirm with the umpire whether a genuine attempt to play the ball has been made prior to beginning a player review for lbw.
LBW reviews have also had their height margin lifted to the top of the stumps.
Showpiece to take place in bio-secure bubble
The ICC also confirmed the five-day showpiece will take place in a bio-secure environment after the event was granted an exemption by the UK Government.
Lord's was hoping to safely stage the final, but because of the coronavirus pandemic it was moved to the home of Hampshire due to the venue having on-site hotel facilities.
The Ageas Bowl was one of two venues, along with Emirates Old Trafford, to host England matches last summer during the pandemic.
India will arrive in the UK on June 3 via a charter flight and carrying evidence of a negative PCR test, having spent 14 days in a bio-secure environment in their homeland prior to travelling.
Regular tests will be conducted during the period of isolation for Indian team at their on-site hotel and players' activity will be allowed in a gradually increasing manner after each round of testing, from exercise in isolation to small groups and then larger squad activity.
New Zealand are already in the UK ahead of their two Tests against England and will transfer to their World Test Championship bubble on June 15.
Watch the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand live on Sky Sports from Friday, June 18.