ICC consider calling time on pre-match coin toss

Harbhajan Singh asks India to shed pink-ball Test apprehensions

On being asked why India was not agreeing to Cricket Australia's proposal to make the Adelaide Test a pink ball, Rai, who was at a book launch, said, "What is wrong in our team wanting to win all matches?"

The toss has already become optional in first-class county matches in England, where the visiting captain can opt to bowl first if he wishes - but if he would prefer to bat, must still rely on the way the coin lands.

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.

The International Cricket Council is considering scrapping the coin toss in test matches.

CoA-led cricket administration has not shown any signs of encouraging the national team to play Test cricket under lights.

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"It's a little bit selfish from India's point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket".

But its relevance has been questioned in recent past with critics saying that the practice was resulting in unfair advantage to host teams.

A new global coaches representative on the committee, which features Anil Kumble, Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardene, Rahul Dravid, Tim May, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White, the umpire Richard Kettleborough, ICC match referees chief Ranjan Madugalle, Shaun Pollock and Clare Connor, will be decided before the May 28-29 meeting. "The minor setback there in my opinion, is that tosses are big for television".

In the history of Test cricket which has seen 2303 matches so far, it has been part of the custom.

If reports filtering out from ICC parleys have flavour to it, this step could well be taken to level the playing field by allowing the visiting captains to decide what they want to do before a match commences. "At the end of the day I think there's probably too much emphasis placed on the toss and the conditions away from home. I firmly believe Australian cricket has a wealth of talented players in its ranks right now, and I look forward to watching the team continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come". The average score for the first innings was 332, slightly up from 325 in 2015.

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