The upcoming WTC 2023 Final between two heavyweight sides and arch-rivals India and Australia will be played with the Kookaburra Ball. Interestingly, the Dukes Ball will not be used that was traditionally used to play cricket in England. The participants of the final, i.e. India and Australia have agreed on their stance to use the Australian variant Kookaburra Ball. The final between the two giants is scheduled to take place from June 7 to June 11 at the Oval in London.
Notably, the previous final of the World Test Championship in 2021 where India locked horns against New Zealand was played with the Dukes ball. India suffered an unfortunate defeat as New Zealand clinched their first-ever ICC Trophy.
The decision to change the ball of play was taken after several County clubs complained of the degrading quality of the Dukes ball. This is why both teams were given a choice to switch to the Australian variant of the ball.
ICC has given the green signal for the use of the Kookaburra ball in WTC 2023 Final
Former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has confirmed that the ICC has given a nod to using the Kookaburra ball instead of Dukes Ball. The Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) have come to a mutual conclusion of using the Kookaburra ball in the final. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had also mentioned that the quality of Dukes ball was not upto the mark when they recently traveled to England for a Test series. Williamson mentioned that the ball lost its shape and shine quite early during the game.
Addressing the media, the owner of Dukes ball Dilip Jajodia stated that the exact reason for the deteriorating quality is not ascertained. He mentioned that the most proximate cause of the issue is a technical glitch in the tanning process. Dilip Jajodia further stated that they are working to identify the root cause and fix the issue at the earliest. Dukes ball plays a prominent role in all the red-ball fixtures in England. Test cricket is quite popular across the nation and Dukes will not leave an opportunity where they can produce the finest quality of the ball.
The Indian pacers have already started their practice for the WTC Final irrespective of the ball to be used. Australian pacers have also had their hand on the Red Ball. The Australian contingent will soon fly to England whereas the first Indian batch of players will leave for London on May 23.
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