The tradition of a coin toss ahead of a game could soon be history and the visiting side would be given the chance to call, it was learnt on Wednesday (November 25). The proposal, that was first mooted by Ricky Ponting and Michael Holding, is only coming to fruition now as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are pondering over the idea. The notion will be discussed by the executive board on Thursday.
It was pushed as an idea to primarily bridge the advantage gap between the home and the visiting side as pitches are made, more likely than not, to favour the hosts.
If sanctioned, the idea could be tested in the United Kingdom in second-division County Championship matches. In the British Isles, the ECB believes that a majority of second division games are decided before a ball has even been bowled.
Home teams produce pitches to suit their bowlers which put the visiting side at a disadvantage. The board also hoped that removal of the toss would result in matches lasting the full four days, which in turn would assist the development of their spin bowling resources.
Ponting had called to scrap the toss during the Ashes 2015 in England when the hosts produced flat pitches in a bid to nullify Mitchell Johnson’s impact. His call was then backed by the legendary Holding who believed that the move would ensure better quality pitches being prepared in addition to giving the visiting captain an immediate advantage.