Ah, how hot topic is the coin toss in Test cricket! There is a controversy as to the removal of the coin toss. Are the results reliable or not is a matter of controversy.
With the home team often leading in the Test cricket, it begs the question about retention or removal of the toss in cricket. If removed, what impact it might have on the customary practice of the game.
Now, lets us see how far removing the toss really the solution to ensure a real spirited match. T20 Leagues were actually opening to fly. The Big Bash League in Australia was making waves. In 2013 the first season of the Caribbean Premier League was held where Bangladesh and England had enjoyed the attractive status. And, of course, the IPL was a huge event.
Fascinatingly, from 2008-2012, the home team won 86 of 197 Test matches – a significantly lower win rate of 43.65%. The next point will be the possible investigation of some of the possible reasons in additional detail about the reasons why the home teams were not more leading between 2008 and 2012 in comparison to 2013 and onwards.
Why removal of the coin toss is not the answer to the problem
The toss might be removed but the limited skill can’t be removed that sets the teams possess abroad.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis could not help smiling as he and Temba Bavuma had no luck with the toss in India.
However, their bowlers lack the control and incursion in identical measure. Also, their batsmen lost 26 wickets at 18 to seamers in a nation often considered as a burial ground for such bowlers. Can that be credited to losing the toss, or somewhat a wider problem that players are lacking the disposition, modus operandi and fight to make it in difficult circumstances?
The removal of the coin toss is the removal of the strategy caught up in the game. With the toss, teams are forced to choose a team as reasonable as possible, which definitely plays a part in the nature of cricket strategy.