ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final to be held on June 7, likely to clash with IPL 2023: The ongoing edition of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) is likely to have its final clash scheduled in the first week of June. Although the dates haven’t been officially announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the reports from close sources confirm that the final is expected to run from June 7 to 11 in the Oval.
Notably, the date June 7 to 11 is close to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 Final, which is also expected to be held in the first week of June or late May. The BCCI is currently in the process of finalising the schedule of the IPL 2023, but the WTC final and IPL 2023 final may be pretty close.
A report in Cricbuzz stated that the BCCI is either mulling over scheduling IPL 2023 final either on May 28 or June 4.
Team India’s qualification chances for the World Test Championship 2023 Final are still on. Assuming that India reaches the final then the selectors, management and the board will have to do a lot of shuffling and balancing with the dates, more so if IPL schedule spills over to June.
As of now, India stands in the fourth position in the WTC points table. They need to win all of their remaining test matches in order to reach the top two without any discomfort. Out of the remaining six test matches, two will be held against Bangladesh while four matches are scheduled against Australia in Feb-March.
Tata IPL 2023 Probable Start Date:
Further, the report published on Cricbuzz indicated two tentative dates for the start of the Tata IPL 2023. The Indian cricket board is looking to kickstart the sixteenth edition of the Indian T20 tournament either on March 31 or April 1.
The IPL teams are currently preparing for the IPL 2023 Auction which is scheduled to be held on December 23 in Kochin. All the franchises have completed their player retentions and will head to the auction with an aim to bolster their core for the next IPL edition.