New Delhi: The start of the inaugural World Test Championship final has been pushed back by eight days and will now begin at Lord's on 18 June, keeping in mind the proximity with the next Indian Premier League's (IPL) summit showdown.
The final of the inaugural championship was tentatively scheduled to begin on 10 June at the iconic venue in London.
However, since the IPL final is also expected to be played around the same dates, it could have complicated the quarantine schedule of the participating players.
"The WTC Final will now be played from June 18-22 and June 23 will be the reserve day. As background we pushed it back to allow for any quarantine that may be imposed, particularly given the close proximity to the end of the IPL and the original dates) so driven by quarantine," a BCCI source told PTI.
The IPL schedule has not been finalised as yet but it is expected to conclude towards the end the May.
There is a close fight between India, Australia and New Zealand to compete for the title. India are leading the table with 430 points (PCT 71.7), followed by New Zealand (420, PCT 70) and Australia (332, PCT 69.2).
India recently jumped to the top of the table, following their 2-1 win in the four-match series in Australia.
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The 41-year-old was named in the Windies' 14-man squad for the three-game T20 international series against Sri Lanka, which starts in Antigua on Wednesday.
The third and last match of the ODI series against England will be held on 28 March in Pune. The duration of the popular T20 league has been fixed keeping in mind India's international schedule.
Steyn said he took the break as he needed time off from the game and also because he found playing in other leagues around the world more rewarding as a player.