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New Delhi: The World Test Championship (WTC) final to be held in Southampton against New Zealand will be their first Test at a neutral place in India’s 89-year history of Test cricket. Among the countries with Test status, India and Bangladesh are the only teams who have not played Test cricket at a neutral place. In the last decade, most international cricket teams have played a series against Pakistan at a neutral venue as cricket was not being held in Pakistan. ICC WTC Final 2021: India vs New Zealand World Test Championship finalists to enter 4000 spectators
The series with Pakistan was mostly in the United Arab Emirates. In the beginning of 2009, when the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by gunmen, no country has visited Pakistan for 10 years. Since India have not played a Test match against Pakistan since the 2007–08 home series, they have not had a chance to play any match at a neutral venue.
India got a chance to play at the neutral spot during the Asian Test Championship in 1999-00. The final was played in Dhaka but India failed to reach it and Pakistan and Sri Lanka were involved in the title clash in Dhaka. The WTC final in Southampton, however, will probably be played in front of a crowd of 4,000 and may have a lot of Indian fans.