The World Test Championship 2023 Final will be hosted in 2023 month of June by The Oval, while the WTC Final will be played in 2025 at Lord’s.
The two venues in London will replace Southampton, which hosted the final between New Zealand and India in 2021. New Zealand emerged as the winners in the first edition of the World Test Championship.
The Oval will host the final in June 2023, with the top two teams cut from the World Test Championship standings. The Oval has previously hosted the 2004 final and the 2017 editions of the ICC Men’s Champions Trophy.
ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said: “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, which is ideal for such an important fixture on the calendar.
“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 WTC final at The Oval. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to thank the England and Wales Cricket Board, Surrey County Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club for their support.”
Steve Elworthy, CEO of Surrey County Cricket Club, said: “It’s a real honour that The Oval has been selected to host the final of the World Test Championship. To have the two best teams in the world playing here in south London will be a fantastic occasion.
“Next year promises to be a superb summer of cricket at The Oval and this match will be a brilliant part of it.”
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Chief Executive and Secretary Guy Lavender said: “We are delighted that Lord’s will be hosting the ICC World Test Championship Final in 2025. It is fantastic news that the ICC has opted to host the next two finals in London, with both grounds providing fitting venues for the culmination of the championship.”
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