Coin tosses to be scrapped from Tests?

Captains Steve Smith and Brendon Mc Cullum make the toss in the inaugural day-night cricket test

Captains Steve Smith and Brendon Mc Cullum make the toss in the inaugural day-night cricket test

CA CEO James Sutherland too had tried to convince the BCCI to play the Day-Night Test besides saying that the home team should have the right to schedule matches "as it sees fit".

The ICC's cricket committee meeting which is slated to be held in Mumbai on May 28 and 29 will take up the matter and then a viable solution will be figured out. The home captain flips the coin and the visiting captain calls heads or tails.

The coin toss may play no part in any matches which are part of the International Cricket Council's new Test championship.

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But worries about home teams manipulating pitch conditions sees the ICC's cricket committee meeting this month to review the format with the suggested alternative seeing the visiting team automatically given the option of batting or bowling first.

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 tiresome prospect for viewers and spectators alike. In the English county however, visiting captain chose to bowl first and a coin toss is done if the captain of the home side wants one given that the home side might liked to have bowled first. "The minor setback there in my opinion, is that tosses are big for television".

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had claimed that matches lasted longer due to the move and led to a more even contest between bat and ball. "I don't mind that, I think that's not such a bad thing", Waugh told SEN Radio in 2015. "I don't mind the authorities looking at some other options". The average score for the first innings was 332, slightly up from 325 in 2015. Seventy-one of the 142 matches in both divisions were drawn, discounting two abandoned matches, meaning there was a positive result in the other 71 - whereas in 2015, there were 93 results and only 51 draws.

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