The Oval, Lord’s to host Test cricket shows


KIA Oval and Lords to host next 2 World Test Championships Image: Populous

London (UK) will stage the next two World Test Championship finals as The Oval in Kennington, London, plays host next year while Lord’s in St John’s Wood, England, has been revealed as the venue for the 2025 edition.

‘yahoo!finance’ stated that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) announcement means England are putting on the first three finals, with the Ageas Bowl in West End, England, the location for New Zealand’s win over India in the inaugural showpiece last year.

The 27,500-capacity Oval, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Kia Oval, is an international cricket ground in Kennington, located in the borough of Lambeth, in South London. The Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845.

The 31,100-capacity Lord’s Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord’s, is a cricket venue in St John’s Wood, London, UK. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord, it is owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the European Cricket Council (ECC) and, until August 2005, the International Cricket Council (ICC). Lord’s is widely referred to as the Home of Cricket and is also home to the world’s oldest sporting museum.

The 25,000-capacity Rose Bowl, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ageas Bowl, is a cricket ground and hotel complex in West End, Hampshire, UK. It is the home of the Hampshire County Cricket Club, who has played there since 2001.

Dubai (UAE)-based the International Cricket Council (ICC) is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference (ICC) in 1965, and took up its current name in 1987.

‘yahoo!finance’ further stated that Hampshire was given the nod ahead of Lord’s, the initial choice, because of the Southampton ground’s proven ability to manage a fully biosecure environment amid the COVID-19 situation at the time.

Exulted Geoff Allardice, ICC Chief Executive, “We are delighted to be hosting next year’s ICC World Test Championship final at The Oval which has such a rich legacy and an amazing atmosphere. Following that we will then take the 2025 final to Lord’s which will provide a fitting backdrop to the ultimate Test. Last year’s final between New Zealand and India in Southampton was an engrossing encounter and I am sure fans the world over would be looking forward to the next World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval.”

Australia top the 2021-2023 World Test Championship table and are touring England next year for the Ashes series, which is being squeezed into 46 days between June 16th and July.

South Africa are second after a 2-1 defeat by England – in which they lost the third Test at The Oval by nine wickets after just over two days of play earlier this month – with Sri Lanka sitting third and India fourth.

Despite winning six of seven Tests under Ben Stokes (captain of the England Test team) this Summer, England’s modest record before that means they sit seventh out of nine teams and are almost certainly out of contention to reach The Oval.

The cut-off point for this cycle of the World Test Championship is the end of March next year, with the top two teams set to play the final in June.

The exact date for both the 2023 and 2025 finals will be confirmed by the ICC “in due course”.

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