ICC reveals host venues for World Test Championship 2023, 2025 finals

DUBAI: London will host the next two World Test Championships (WTC) finals as International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed the Oval and Lord’s as host venues for the 2023 and 2025 finals, respectively. 

According to the details, Oval will host the 2023 WTC final in June 2023 while the Lord’s  2025 final will be staged at the iconic Lord’s stadium.

The Rose Bowl Southhampton hosted the inaugural WTC final in 2021 between New Zealand and India, won by the Kiwis to become the first Test champions.

Australia and South Africa are considered favourites to play the 2023 final as both are currently running at the top of the ongoing WTC standing.

Australia currently tops the standings with a points percentage of 70, followed by South Africa with 60%. Both will compete against each other in a three-match series in the current cycle in December-January, which could have a significant impact on the final points table.

Sri Lanka (53.33%), India (52.08%) and Pakistan (51.85%) are on the trail, hoping to find a spot in the top two. With many matches left before the current cycle concludes, there could be many twists and turns in the points table.

The final dates of both the WTC finals are yet to be revealed by the ICC.

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