Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Former cricket captains oppose scrapping of toss, suggest neutral curators

No Floodlight Test with India No Floodlight Test with India
Sidney Guerrero | 18 May, 2018, 14:14

"I believe every team wants to win the series and that's why we want to give our team the best possible chance", CoA chief Vinod Rai had said at a function today, which was also attended by Harbhajan.

There is a suspicion that cricket boards are preparing pitches to suit home teams, which places ever greater importance on the outcome of the toss.

The BCCI and the Indian team management had recently said "no' to Cricket Australia's (CA) request for a Day & Night Test in Adelaide when India tour Down Under in November this year".

Another possibility is copying the system used in the English County Championship, in which the away side is asked whether they wish to bowl first or opt for a traditional toss.

Removing the coin toss from Test Championship matches will be one of the issues up for discussion at an ICC cricket committee meeting later this month. And what makes us think our batsmen can't take up the challenge of facing Aussie pacers?

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The 74-year-old insisted that toss is a crucial part of cricket and scrapping the same would take away the challenge that the winning skipper has of making the correct decision. "When we were new to Test cricket, we had only learnt how to bowl with SG Test ball and then slowly learnt to bowl with Kookaburra and Dukes".

"Don't you accept the challenge of playing England in overcast conditions in their country?"

Waugh, who is stepping down as a national selector when his contract expires on August 31, said the decision was not only disappointing, but selfish given the falling popularity of Test cricket. But they have not done so well for Test cricket. Ricky Ponting said that coin tosses should not matter and focus should be on even contest between bat and ball.

While there has been support for axing the coin toss, another potential remedy to poor pitches is to ramp up penalties on venues which deliver a sub-standard deck. "Look at the Ashes series... there is always good crowd". The Bangalore-based Viswanath, 69, was reacting to news of the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee discussing the relevance of the spin of the coin during their May 28-29 meeting in Mumbai.

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