The much-awaited World Test Championship (WTC) final is set to take place in London next month between Team India and Australia. Days before the blockbuster clash, the International Cricket Council (ICC) made a much-awaited rule change to the playing conditions of the international games. A report from Cricbuzz suggests that the ICC cricket committee headed by Sourav Ganguly has made the changes and the message has been conveyed to both finalists – India and Australia.
What are the changes made by ICC?
1) The soft signal rule has been changed.
2) Flood lights can be switched on during the game in case of poor light.
3) There will be a sixth reserve day in the Test match between India and Australia.
Why did ICC change the soft signal rule?
The soft signal rule has been critized on numerous occasions after small decisions on the field changed the result for one team or the other. The change means the third umpire will have the final call on doubtful catches.
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“ICC should get rid of the soft signal and let the 3rd umpire who has all the technology make the decision when the on-field umpires send it upstairs, all the controversy is always around the soft signal given. This isn’t a comment on the decision FYI (sic),” said England’s Test skipper Ben Stokes after a controversial decision took place during Australia vs South Africa Test earlier this year.
India squad for WTC final
India’s Test squad WTC final: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat.
KL Rahul ruled out
India opener KL Rahul will undergo surgery to address the issue, which means he will also miss the upcoming World Test Championship final against Australia. Rahul expressed his disappointment in an emotional post on social media, where he thanked his team for their support and wished them well for the rest of the tournament.