The first day’s play of the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl has been called off due to heavy rain. The match can still be a five-day game since international cricket council announced reserve day for June 23 few days back.
“Day 1 has been called at the Hampshire Bowl. A brief period without rain after lunch but it’s back now and the Match Officials have called things. 98 overs now scheduled for tomorrow with a 10-30am local start. #WTC21,” tweeted New Zealand Cricket on Friday.
Earlier, the umpires had decided to inspect the field at 7.30 pm IST on Friday but things didn’t go as per desires and rain started again that made officials called off the day’s play.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)also tweeted the information, “UPDATE – Unfortunately, play on Day 1 has been called off due to rains. 10.30 AM local time start tomorrow.”
India announced their playing 11 already before the start of the game and team management can still make changes to the lineup before the toss takes place.