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ICC unveils venues for the World Test Championship finals in 2023 and 2025

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday revealed the venues for the ongoing final ICC World Test Championship (WTC) And the next version in 2025. Both finals will be held in London, with Kennington Oval hosting the summit of the ongoing cycle in 2023, and Lord’s hosting the 2025 WTC final.

The two venues in London will replace Southampton, where the inaugural final of the WTC was held in 2021 between New Zealand and India. Notably, the final was originally scheduled for Lord’s, but due to the COVID-19 situation and the Ageas Bowl-site hospitality arrangement, Southampton was chosen as the final choice. In that match, the Black Caps won by defeating India by eight wickets.

Although the dates for the 2023 WTC Final have not yet been confirmed, it is expected to take place before the Ashes, which begins on 16 June.

“We are delighted to host next year’s ICC World Test Championship final at The Oval, which has such a rich heritage and an amazing atmosphere, which is ideal for such an important fixture on the calendar. After that, we will take the 2025 final at Lord’s, which will provide a suitable backdrop for the final Test. ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardyce said.

“Last year’s final between New Zealand and India in Southampton was an entertaining one, and I am sure fans around the world will 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. Allardyce added.

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