The England and Wales Cricket Board is going to take a radical step to scrap the toss from the second division county cricket next season.
The UK Telegraph has reported that ECB’s executive has called a meeting on Thursday to discuss the idea of eliminating the toss and handing away the team the choice to bat or bowl first.
If the idea approved then it will be under observation for one season in 2016 in Division Two of the county championship in an attempt to improve the quality of pitches and provide more opportunities for spin bowlers.
Earlier, former Australia captain Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and West Indies bowling great Michael Holding have advocated the idea of abolishing the toss and deny home curators to prepare pitches that suit the hosts.
Steve Waugh said the importance of the toss is often exaggerated.
“I don’t mind that, I think that’s not such a bad thing,” Waugh told Melbourne radio station SEN in September.
“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 don’t mind the authorities looking at some other options.”
During England’s heavy Test loss on a fast Lord’s wicket in the second Ashes Test this year, coach Trevor Bayliss called for more “typical seaming English” wickets to suit his bowling attack and deny searing pace better of the Australia.
As per England’s demand a lively, grassy wickets, where the ball was moving both ways, were made for the next two Tests. Australian batsmen could not cope with it as they were bundled out for 136 in Edgbaston and then 60 in Nottingham to relinquish the Ashes.
In county cricket, the tendency top prepare pitches that suit the home teams’ bowlers are more prevalent.
“At Chelmsford (the home ground of Essex) the pitches are as green as the outfield because they think that gives them the best chance of winning through guys like David Masters and Jesse Ryder,” former England and Surrey batsman Kevin Pietersen wrote in The Telegraph.
“That is understandable, but it does not help in the long run.
“Ryder and Masters running in and bowling at 75mph on a green top simply does not help England.
“It does not benefit the batters either because you do not face those kinds of bowlers at Test level. This is happening all around the county circuit.”
India has prepared spinner friendly turning wickets to bamboozled South Africa side, who did not lose any series on foreign soil since 2006. But, as India is leading the series 1-0 it seems the record will be broken in India as South African batsmen are cluless to Indian spinn trio R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.
Australia also prepares fast and bouncy pitches when visitor comes to play them. In Brisbane Australia have been unbeaten since 1989 while W.A.C.A, Perth has also been known as the heaven for Australia.