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ICC clean sites policy ‘complicates Lord’s bid’ for World Test Championship

A general view of the Nursery end of the ground and media centre at Lord's Cricket Ground (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images).

The Oval cricket ground is in the running to stage the World Test Championship final next year because the International Cricket Council’s favoured host for the event, Lord’s cricket ground, is reportedly having problems meeting the cricket body’s clean-sites requirements.

Lord’s missed out on hosting the inaugural edition of the event in 2021, in which New Zealand triumphed over India, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the ICC to hold the match in bio-secure conditions at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.

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