'The WTC 2027 final won't be held in England' - Jay Shah

In what comes as a massive development, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has provided a huge update regarding the venue for the final of the World Cricket Championship.

Speaking to the Indian Media, Shah said that BCCI is in talks with the ICC to host the 2027 WTC Final at a different venue and not in England.

Till now, both the World Test Championship finals have been held in England and the final of the ongoing 2023-25 WTC cycle will be played at London’s Lord’s Stadium, also known at the home of Cricket.

The 35 year old acknowledged that it will be tough to hold the WTC final at a different location which can conduct the final in the month of June or in a different time slot, but he went on to mention that the BCCI have discussed potential alternate venues with the apex body.

The Men in Blue faced humiliating defeats at the hands of New Zealand and Australia in the 2021 and 2023 World Test Championship Finals and both of those finals were held in England. The third edition will also be held in England.

“The BCCI have spoken to the ICC about organising the 2027 WTC final at a different venue. They will consider changing the venue from England. There are just three main Test Centres, England, India and Australia. You cannot hold the final in Australia in June and even in India, the Monsoon period is at its peak during that time. Even in the city of Bangalore, there is constant rainfall in the month of June,” Jay Shah said in a media interaction held at the headquarters of the BCCI.

The Indians are currently sitting at the top of the World Test Championship 2023-25 points table with 74 points and a points percentage of 68.52%. The 2023 winners Australia are not that far away from the Men in Blue as they have occupied the second spot with 90 points in 12 games and a points percentage of 62.50%.

The Rohit Sharma led team will be looking to solidify their number one position in the overall standings by winning their remaining two home series in the current WTC cycle.

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