The International Cricket Council has considered scrapping the coin toss to reduce the impact of home advantage ahead of the World Test Championship next year. The Ashes Test next summer could be the first game in 141 years to be played without a toss.
The idea was backed by the England and Wales cricket board but former Indian Cricketer Saurav Ganguly firmly stood against it earlier this week.
“It remains to be seen whether it is implemented or not. Personally, I am not in favor of toss abolition,” said Ganguly.
Meanwhile, former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have backed the idea with Michael Holding and Javed Miandad’s support. Both Holding and Miandad felt it could encourage an even contest between bat and ball.
What happens after scrapping the toss?
Instead of throwing a coin, the visiting side will choose either to bat or ball. This will reduce home advantage, creating a balance to give both sides an equal chance of winning.
“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,” said a post on Cricinfo.
Excluding the coin toss may change the complexion of Test Cricket and it could be considered the main disadvantage. However, a few think this change could bring about attractiveness to the longest format of the game.
“I don’t see any harm in trying out this experiment of abolishing the toss. It might ultimately lead to matches particularly Test cricket being played on good standard pitches. Coin toss has always been an integral part of cricket but times are changing and one needs to try out new things to make the sport more attractive and better,” says Javed Miandad.
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