'Toss' to remain as starting point in Test match: ICC

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 29, 2018, 09:41 PM IST

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Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee of the ICC on Tuesday rejected the proposal to drop the toss from Tests, saying it will remain the fundamental starting point of the match. 

The committee decided not to abolish the spin of coin in the game's traditional format, calling it an integral part of the narrative.

It also made a slew of recommendations with regard to poor behaviours of players and announced to take tough measures. 

It also called for greater sanctions for players indulging in ball tampering.

"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 said in a release.

The abolition of toss became a contentious issue as most of the former players and stakeholders termed it a negative step.

The committee also recommended a change in points system to the ICC Chief Executives' Committee. 

They recommended that points should only be awarded for each match and not a series win.

It was also agreed to propose a reserve day for the ICC World Test Championship final to enable any time lost through bad weather to be made up.