The main days for the final of the ICC World Test Championship for the 2021-23 cycle, to be held at The Oblong later on this year, have been introduced. The finals of the 2nd ICC World Test Championship will be dipped into The Oval in London from June 7-11 with a reserve day (June 12).

Dates of ICC World Test Championship 2023 final announced; match to be  played at the Oval in London

The ICC World Test Championship is an exciting new initiative by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It will feature nine full members of the ICC – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. It is an annual tournament held between the top nine teams of the ICC’s Test rankings.

The matches are played on different continents and each team will have the chance to gain points based on how many games they win in a series. Usually, the team with more series wins will be considered as the champion.

It will involve bilateral series of up to five matches. The ICC points system in this cycle will give teams 12 points for a win, four for a draw and six for a tie. However, because not all Test series are of equal length, a percentage-based system will be used to rank the participating teams.

The ICC World Test Championship is a tournament in which nine Test-playing nations compete over a league stage over two years. The participating teams will play a total of 27 series. The finalists will be decided on the basis of two Test series that each team may play against six other teams. These series will consist of 2-5 matches each and the winners will be awarded 120 championship points.

Having beaten India by eight wickets in the final, New Zealand became the first team to win the inaugural World Test Championship. The team’s victory was praised by former India cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Virender Sehwag.

ICC World Test Championship 2023 Final

Australia leads the nine-team table for the current cycle, with India close behind. The 2 teams will face off in a four-match Test series starting Feb. 9 in Nagpur, with the last outcome playing a major role in identifying the ultimate finalists. Sri Lanka and South Africa also have a chance, as they occupy the third and fourth positions respectively. Sri Lanka have 2 more away Tests versus New Zealand in the existing cycle, while South Africa’s last assignment is a two-match home collection against the West Indies.

ICC World Test Championship 2021 - 2023 Standings

South Africa has a difficult task ahead to qualify for the World Test Championship 2021-23 Final. With four losses in the last six Tests, South Africa are facing a tough challenge to qualify for the WTC Final. They were on top at the beginning of the series Down Under but a winless tour later has dropped them down to fourth position.

They need a number of results to go their way. If New Zealand do not win 2-0, Sri Lanka clean-sweep the West Indies and Australia beat India, then they will secure a spot in the Final.

Sri Lanka has had an up-and-down run during the tournament so far, but a two-match series against New Zealand in March could provide them with some hope of making it into the final. However, even that may not be enough.

Here’s a look at what each team captain has to say about the tournament.

Australia – Pat Cummins

The possibility of playing worldwide Test Championship last has been a large motivator for us over the last few years as well as a lot more so now as we missed out on over rates last time.

Using a neutral territory like the Oval includes an additional aspect for both sides entering into the last. It’s exciting as well as an objective we have actually had for time. We are confident of safeguarding an area below in India after year of strong performances. The last will be a great benefit for the players as well as personnel that have carried out so well.

India – Rohit Sharma

He was a key part of the Indian team that finished second in the inaugural cycle under Virat Kohli. Leading the Indian group to the World Test Championship last will be very special. We have grown and also established as a group in this tournament as well as in order to have a possibility to raise the prize at The Oval in June, we understand we need to beat a tough Australian team first.

There have been numerous dramatic minutes in Test cricket lately and there is no doubt that there are more ahead. I am delighted concerning the prospect of booking our area in the final and also with any luck making background later in the year.

Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne

Sri Lanka still has a great chance of getting to the World Test Championship last. We are well on our means to being among the top competitors as well as if we can end up a great Test collection in the upcoming tour of New Zealand, our chances of reaching the final will look also better.

We recognize this possibility and the challenges we will encounter in seizing this fantastic possibility to get the World Championship final. This competition is really good for red round cricket as it makes certain that every video game is played at the greatest strength as well as teams, whether they get the final or otherwise, will be vying to put a perfect end to the continuous cycle.

South Africa – Dean Elgar

While we may have the chance to receive the World Test Championship final, there is nothing more encouraging than the thought of playing for cutlery at such a historic venue.

We aspire to do well in this format and also concentrate on the challenges ahead as the West Indies Test series is just nearby. With so much on the line, we want to add some drama to the matches that already exist as well as certify for the final in June.