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Hampshire Cricket are delighted to announce The Ageas Bowl has been selected as the host venue for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final in 2021.
The Ageas Bowl, which will be known as The Hampshire Bowl for the fixture, will host one of the biggest matches in world cricket this summer after the ICC today announced the venue as the first ever host of the competition’s showpiece fixture between India and New Zealand, beginning on Friday 18th June.
Following its launch in 2019, the ICC World Test Championship will reach a climax this summer as the two top teams go head-to-head in a five-day Test Match at The Ageas Bowl, competing to be crowned ICC World Test Champions.
India secured their place in the final following their series victory over England, finishing on top of the WTC ladder after picking up 520 points from their 17 fixtures. New Zealand earned qualification after winning seven of their 11 Tests to finish with a 70% win-rate from their five qualifying series.
Following hot-on-the-heels of a 2020 schedule which saw the home of Hampshire Cricket host nine international fixtures – with all matches played behind-closed-doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – the venue will provide a secure and comfortable environment for all participants, officials and spectators.
We are honoured and delighted that The Ageas Bowl has been appointed as the host venue for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final. I should like to sincerely thank the ICC for this huge demonstration of confidence in our capabilities and the ECB for its significant support of the venue as host of what will be the biggest Test Match event ever staged.Rod Bransgrove, Hampshire Cricket Chairman
I am sure our immense pride at bringing this fixture to Hampshire will be shared by all our loyal staff, supporters and sponsors as well as our unwavering partners, Eastleigh Borough Council. We will do everything in our power to ensure that this inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final is a secure, entertaining and successful event for everyone.
The ICC World Test Championship final is the pinnacle event in the Test calendar and is intended to be a week-long celebration of the oldest and longest form of the game. A format that is rooted in tradition and features the best that the game has to offer. I would also like to congratulate both India and New Zealand for becoming part of history by reaching the first final.Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager
We are confident that in selecting The Hampshire Bowl, we have given ourselves the best possible chance to successfully deliver the final whilst keeping everyone involved safe and healthy and giving fans the opportunity to watch the two best Test teams in the world go head-to-head for the right to call themselves the ICC World Test Champions.
I would like to thank the ECB for their guidance and advice to enable us to make this decision, which gives us the best possible opportunity to deliver a safe and successful World Test Championship Final.
The ICC World Test Championship launched in August 2019, comprising of the top nine ranked teams on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, with teams competing in six series each across two years and points awarded based upon the result of each fixture. The competition, which was introduced to bring further context to bilateral Test cricket, honours the importance of the longest format of the game whilst ensuring a pinnacle event for the format.
Fans can pre-register their interest in tickets and hospitality for the ICC World Test Championship Final via the link below, with further details to be announced shortly.
This summer will also see The Ageas Bowl host a Vitality IT20 between England and Sri Lanka on Saturday 26th June.
To find out more about The Ageas Bowl's Vitality IT20, please click here.
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