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Toss Set To Become History As ICC Mulls Over Scrapping The Age-old Method

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The ICC is planning to do away with ‘toss’, as many feel it gives an unfair advantage to home side
  • A decision will be taken during the meeting which will be held over a period of two days on May 28 and 29 in Mumbai

The International Cricket Council is set to contemplate on many things affecting the game in its upcoming committee meeting. One of the major talking points will be the decision on toss.

Test cricket’s fundamental starting point may be scrapped, as the ICC’s cricket committee prepares to debate whether or not the coin toss should be removed as a way of reducing home ground advantage in the looming Test Championship,” ESPNCricinfo reported.

A decision will be taken during the meeting which will be held over a period of two days on May 28 and 29 in Mumbai. The detractors of toss feel that the home team gets unfair advantage by this method.

“There is serious concern about the current level of home team interference in Test pitch preparation, and more than one committee member believes that the toss should be automatically awarded to the visiting team in each match, although there are some others on the committee who do not share that view,” ESPNcricinfo reported from a letter which was sent to all the panel members.

The ICC’s panel features Anil Kumble, Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardene, Rahul Dravid, Tim May, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White, the umpire Richard Kettleborough, ICC match referees chief Ranjan Madugalle, Shaun Pollock and Clare Connor.

The ICC’s panel features Anil Kumble, Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardene, Rahul Dravid, Tim May, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White, the umpire Richard Kettleborough, ICC match referees chief Ranjan Madugalle, Shaun Pollock and Clare Connor.

Flipping of coin to determine who bats first has been done away in England’s County Championships in 2016. A similar prospect was thought about in India’s domestic circuit, but nothing has been done till date.

(With inputs from PTI)

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