ICC made a communication to the two teams participating in the finals of the World test Championship about the clarification of the follow-on rule. The International Cricket Council has clarified that the follow-on rule will not change. Even though the play is washed out on Day One. Which normally happens in other Test matches. The rule will not be applicable as ICC has already added a reserve day. Hence, ICC made the clarification of the follow-on rule.

THE RULE

The normal follow-on rules in the ICC playing conditions clause 14 state. 14.1.1: The side which bats first and leads by at least 200 runs shall have the option of requiring the other side to follow their innings. 14.1.2 The same option shall be available in matches of a shorter duration. With the minimum leads as follows: – 150 runs in a match of 3 or 4 days; – 100 runs in a 2-day match; – 75 runs in a 1-day match.  14.1.3 states: If no play takes place on the first and second days of the match. Clause 14,1.1 shall apply in accordance with the number of days remaining from the start of play. The day on which play first commences shall count as a whole day for this purpose. Irrespective of the time at which play starts. Play will have taken place as soon as, the first over has started.

the ICC has said Clause 14.3 has been amended so that the first innings lead of at least 200 runs will only change to 150 runs. If no play takes place on the first and second scheduled days of the match. Normally this will occur if only the first day’s play is lost, but with the provision of a reserve day, it remains a 5-day match even if the first day is lost.

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