The Kumble-led Cricket Committee decided against eliminating the coin toss in Test Cricket describing it an integral part of the game after a two-day meeting in Mumbai.
Mahela Jayawardena was also part of the committee, joined by former England captain and ex-MCC President, Mike Gatting, and David Boon. The committee discussed player behavior, ball tampering penalty and ICC World Test Championship playing conditions.
“The committee discussed whether the toss should be automatically awarded to the visiting team but felt that it was an integral part of Test cricket which forms part of the narrative of the game,” the ICC said in a statement.
- Lengthening the penalty for ball tampering
- Creating a new offense for offensive, personal, insulting, offensive or orchestrated abuse
- Creating a Code of Respect
- The consideration of the introduction of a new offense of attempting to gain an unfair advantage
- Match referee to have the authority to downgrade or upgrade a level of offense or sanction.
Final call next month
The ICC will consider all suggestions and make a final call in June 2018.
Initially, the toss scrap was considered purely because preparation of Test pitches tend to reduce the competitiveness between bat and ball. As an alternative measure after deciding against eliminating the toss, the ICC has opted to focus on the delivery of pitches that provide a better balance between bat and ball in line with its set of regulations.
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