Web Desk (May 19, 2018): The new policies concerning scrap coin toss prior to test matches have been negated by several South Asian cricket captains.
A ritual since the first test between Australia and England in 1877 risks extinction when the Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) meet in Mumbai later this month to discuss the issue.Debating the merit of toss has arisen as a need to reduce ‘home advantage’ that often results in host nations rolling out pitches doctored to favour their players in what tend to end up as one-sided encounters.
I’m actually at a loss to make any sense,” said former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi
Bedi’s former teammate Dilip Vengsarkar admitted he was becoming dismayed by the frequent tinkering with playing conditions.
“If this is only about home team’s interference in pitch preparation then just introduce neutral curators,” the former test batsman said in his statement
Former Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have backed a move to scrap the toss, while West Indies pace great Michael Holding also felt it would encourage an even contest between bat and ball.