ICC may scrap the coin toss in the new Test Championship

ICC may scrap the coin toss in the new Test Championship over home advantage concerns

  • Time may be up for the coin toss in the majority of Test fixtures as of next year
  • The toss has been an age-old spectacle throughout its near 150-year history
  • Instead the visiting captain would be given the option of batting or bowling first

Press Association Reporter

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

Briefing notes for an ICC committee meeting at the end of this month indicate time may be up for the toss in the majority of Test fixtures, as of next year, to help address concerns about exaggerated home advantage.

The age-old spectacle of captains tossing up and calling heads or tails is pre-match staple on the first morning of Tests, and has been throughout the format’s near 150-year history.

The coin toss may play no part in any matches of the ICC's new Test Championship

The coin toss may play no part in any matches of the ICC's new Test Championship

The coin toss may play no part in any matches of the ICC’s new Test Championship

But depending on the deliberations of the ICC’s cricket committee in Mumbai, it may be sacrificed in time for the first matches which will count towards the inaugural Test championship.

Instead, the visiting captain would simply be given the option of batting or bowling first – depending on a reading of conditions – although it is understood the change will not pertain to bi-lateral series outside the Test championship.

Cricinfo published content on Thursday from a ‘briefing note circulated before the ICC cricket committee meeting’.

It reads: ‘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.’

The toss has already become optional in first-class county matches in England, where the visiting captain can opt to bowl first, though the toss goes ahead if he would prefer to bat.

Time may be up for the coin toss as the ICC look to address exaggerated home advantage

Time may be up for the coin toss as the ICC look to address exaggerated home advantage

Time may be up for the coin toss as the ICC look to address exaggerated home advantage

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