England were identified as hosts for the next two WTC finals at the ICC’s annual general meeting in Birmingham in July.
“We are delighted to welcome next year the ICC World Test Championship Final to The Oval which has such a rich heritage and incredible atmosphere, which is ideal for such an important fixture on the calendar,” said the ICC chief executive. Geoff Allardice said in a statement.
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“After that we will take the 2025 final to Lord’s which will provide a suitable backdrop for the ultimate test.
“Last year’s final between New Zealand and India in Southampton was a thrilling encounter and I’m sure fans around the world would be looking forward to the next one. WTC Final at the Oval.”
Although the venues have been announced, the dates for the 2023 and 2025 ICC World Test Championship finals have yet to be confirmed.
Steve Elworthy, CEO of Surrey County Cricket Club, custodians of The Oval, said they were honored to host the hallmark game.
“It is a real honor that The Oval has been selected to host the World Test Championship Final. To have the two best teams in the world playing here in south London will be a fantastic opportunity.
“Next year promises to be a superb summer of cricket at The Oval and this match will be a brilliant part of that,” he said.
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Chief Executive and Secretary Guy Lavender added: “We are delighted to have Lord’s host the ICC World Test Championship Final in 2025. It is fantastic news that the ICC has chosen to host the next two finals in London, with both grounds providing suitable venues for the championship climax.”
The second edition of the World Test Championship started on August 4 and is due to end on March 31 next year. Australia and South Africa currently top the WTC rankings.