New Delhi: Toss has been a crucial part of any cricket match. In fact, many believed that toss plays that defining role in the outcome of a match. But a new debate has been doing the rounds in cricket fraternity since former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting came out with an idea of taking the toss out of Test cricket.
According to Ponting, Tests might be better off without granting too much of an advantage to the hosts. Interestingly, the Australian expressed his views after the recently concluded Ashes, wherein the home team England 'blatantly exploited' the conditions and beat the favourites 3-2.
Subsequent to his call, the 40-year-old got the backing of legends like Steve Waugh and Michael Holding on the debate.
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to give a thought to the idea of doing away with the toss in Test cricket. While talking to Hindustan Times, ICC CEO Dave Richardson clearly stated that the issue “has never been seriously discussed in the ICC”.
“I am not convinced it would be a good thing (to do away with the toss). It will need to be given a serious thought,” added Richardson.
Talking from his experience of playing for South Africa, he said: “I have played many matches where the groundsmen didn’t prepare wickets to suit the home team. The wickets have been dictated by the weather conditions. Also, the away team has an equal chance of winning the toss.”
In between, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad had urged the ICC to proceed with caution while taking any decision on this contentious matter. Speaking to APP, Miandad said, "Instead of dumping the century-old tradition of toss, the ICC should focus on removing faults which have turned test cricket to a mediocre level.”
“I fear abandoning the toss will further disturb Test cricket. Toss is good for cricket. It gives way to a lot of discussion on television and radio. Everyone remains attached and curious from the time when the coin is in the air till a captain wins and takes a decision to elect to bat or otherwise," he added.