ICC to consider scrapping coin toss in Test cricket

Annette Crawford
May 17, 2018

"Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be", Waugh added.

The ICC is mulling over doing away with the tradition of toss in Test matches to take away the advantage home teams exercise by preparing extreme wickets that suit their strength thereby leaving visiting teams not even in a position to put up a respectable fight that makes matches a boring prospect for viewers and spectators alike.

Just days back, Mark Waugh had quit as national selector to take up television commentary role as broadcaster for Fox Sports.

In Test cricket home advantage is a growing problem. Under those conditions India would not have been able to refuse to play a day-night Test on their tour to Australia.

In announcing their decision earlier this month, BCCI administrator Vinod Rai said "nobody can put a gun on to our head and say play (day-night cricket)".

Cricket Australia's proposal to host the Indian cricket team in the day-night match in Adelaide from December 6-10 was dismissed by the BCCI.

India remains one of only two Test-playing nations to not have played a day-night Test, the other being Bangladesh. They believe that the move is the only way to revitalise the five-day format.

But depending on the deliberations of the ICC's cricket committee in Mumbai, it may be sacrificed in time for the first matches which will count towards the inaugural Test championship.

Another subject on the agenda will be day-night Tests with limited right of refusal for visiting teams set to be recommended.

"There have been doubts about the pink ball itself in Duke and Kookaburra,".

"Test cricket's fundamental starting point may bea 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 quoted a letter, which has been sent to all the panel members, as saying.

India has played with the pink ball in action during the 2016 Duleep Trophy domestic championship.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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