One of the greatest captains of the game, Sourav Ganguly has not favored abolition of the coin toss in Test cricket, as the Sports’ Governing Body International Cricket Council (ICC) has been thinking over its implementation for some time and even many agreed to scrap the toss, including Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh.
The toss has been a part of international cricket since the inauguration of the traditional format of the game between England and Australia in 1877. The coin is flipped by the home captain and the call is made by the visiting skipper, but its significance has been questioned in recent past with critics saying that the practice was resulting in an unfair advantage to the home teams.
However, former Indian skipper Ganguly says the advantage does not stay with the home side if they lose the toss, so there is no need of any abolition of spin of coin in the five-day game. However, the matter would be discussed at the ICC cricket committee meeting in Mumbai next week.
As per reports in Press Trust of India, Ganguly told reporters at the Eden Gardens, “It remains to be seen whether it is implemented or not. Personally, I am not in favor of toss abolition. If the home team loses the toss, the advantage does not stay.”
Now, time will tell whether ICC will alter a 140-year old tradition of the game in the meeting where former India captain Anil Kumble led committee will debate whether or not the toss should be removed to reduce pitch-doctoring and produce more evenly-fought Test matches.