The International Cricket Council’s Cricket Committee has decided retain the toss at a two-day meeting in Mumbai that ended on Tuesday. The committee, led by Anil Kumble, debated the issue and concluded that the toss needed to stay.
“The Committee discussed whether the toss should be automatically awarded to the visiting team but felt that it was an integral part of Test cricket which forms part of the narrative of the game,” the ICC statement said post the meeting.
“However, in acknowledging that the preparation of Test pitches that could provide a risk to the competitiveness of the ICC World Test Championship, the Committee urged members to continue to focus on the delivery of pitches that provide a better balance between bat and ball in line with ICC regulations,” the statement added.
There was a suggestion to give the visiting captain the option to decide. But, the same did not meet with a positive response.
With the ICC Test Championship kicking off next year, the panel also made a recommendation regarding the points system.
“Based on the principle of simplicity and every match needing to count, the committee recommended that points should only be awarded for each match and not a series win. As part of this, it was proposed that there was a draw-win ratio of 0.33:1, so a draw gives each team a third of the available points,” the statement added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent