WTF! ICC May Abolish ‘Coin Toss’ Tradition In Cricket And Fans Are Very Angry

11:36 am 18 May, 2018


Anyone will know this rule of thumb: the home captain flips the coin high and the visiting team captain calls it either heads or tails. This simple coin toss tradition in any cricket match is most vital before even the game starts. It is from this moment that both teams wish to devour each other’s weaknesses and emerge as winners. You’ll be surprised to know that it all started from the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1877!



This 150-year-old spectacle seems to be under speculation. A newly-formed committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is contemplating to doing away with the ‘coin toss’ system from the face of Test cricket. Since the Council’s sole aim is to improve the Test Cricket formats, this abandonment, however, favours the visiting captain more.




If the coin toss is scrapped, the visiting captain will be given the option to choose to bat or bowl first – depending on his understanding of the pitch conditions. The home team will have less advantage in cricket if the toss is scrapped.



The ICC committee will also discuss the points system for the upcoming Test championship in England in 2019. In doing so, the 150-year-old tradition will be gone forever, only for the sake of protecting the five-day format! Is this a bad joke, ICC?



A brief note circulated ahead of the ICC’s cricket committee gave an insight which read:

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 committee comprises of former India captain and coach Anil Kumble, Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardene, Rahul Dravid, Tim May, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White, umpire Richard Kettleborough, ICC match referees’ chief Ranjan Madugalle, Shaun Pollock and Clare Connor.



Since this note was shared, cricket fans have expressed their displeasure and anger on social media. Here are some of their reactions:














The ICC committee is set to have a meet in Mumbai on May 28 & 29 to debate on this aspect. What’s to be noted is that if the rule changes, it will come into play before the start of the first-ever World Test Championship 2019 and runs through until 2021.




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