WTC Final: ICC should devise a formula to find the winner in case of a draw, says Sunil Gavaskar

The first and fourth days of the WTC Finals were washed out due to rain.© AFP



Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that the ICC should find a way to decide the winner in case the final draw of the World Test Championship between India and New Zealand is affected by rain here. The ongoing match has been affected by England’s weather and the opening and fourth days have been completely washed out, while the second and third days of play are often disrupted due to poor lighting. Even though there is a reserve day, with no play possible for two of the first four days, the match could end in a draw if bad weather continues.

Gavaskar told ‘Aaj Tak’, ‘There should be a formula to choose the winner in case the World Test Championship is drawn. The ICC Cricket Committee should think and then take a decision.

There is unlikely to be any change in the rules in this edition as the ICC made it clear last month that India and New Zealand will share the trophy in the event of a draw or a tie.

“It looks like the final of the World Test Championship will end in a draw and the trophy will be shared. This will be the first time that the trophy will be shared in the final,” Gavaskar said.

“It will be really difficult to complete three innings in two days. Yes, if both the teams bat really poorly, then three innings can be completed.”

A total of 141.1 overs have been bowled so far in the WTC Finals and there are still 196 overs left in the match, a result possible if the weather permits.
The former captain urged the ICC to find a tie-breaker to determine the winner and cited examples from other sports such as football and tennis.

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“In football, they have a penalty shoot-out or they have some other way of deciding the winner. In tennis, there are five sets and there is a tie-breaker,” he said.

India were bundled out for 217 in their first innings and New Zealand were trailing by 116 runs at 101 for 2.

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