India vs New Zealand: What happens if WTC ends in a draw on reserve day?

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India and New Zealand skipper with Test Mace (Image: Twitter/ICC)
India and New Zealand skipper with Test Mace (Image: Twitter/ICC)

Southampton : The World Test Championships Final between India and New Zealand has slipped into a reserve day after rain washed away two days of the five-day match. Despite this there is a great chance that the game will end in a draw.

Since there is a prize money attached to the winner and runner up; in case of a draw there will be no winner so what will happen?

According to the ICC press release, the winning team will take home a purse of $1.6 million while the runner-up will get a cash price of $800,000.

However, in case the game ends in a draw or tie, the finalists will split the prize money for the first and second places.

Winners prize money – $1.6 Million; Runners up – $800k

If draw or tie – 1.6m + 800k $ = $2.4 Million

So, each team will take home $1.2 Million.

What about the Test Mace?

The ICC Test Mace is normally awarded awarded to the team who ends up on the number one spot of the ranking. However, prior to the WTC final, the ICC announced that the Mace will now be handed to the winner of the Test Championship final.

So, what happens in the case the WTC Final ends in a draw or tie?

In that case, the Mace will be shared by both India and New Zealand during the time they remain champions i.e until a new champion is crowned at the end of the next WTC final.