Anil Kumble

Revealed: Will the rule of Toss sustain in Test cricket?

[caption id="attachment_67725" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Toss will remain in Test cricket says ICC[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: International Cricket Council decided against scrapping the toss in Test cricket, and described it as an integral part of the game.

Legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble chaired the meeting and debated the toss and other issues such as player behavior during their two-day meeting in Mumbai.

"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 statement.

However, the committee, which includes cricketing greats like Mike Gatting, Mahela Jayawardene, and David Boon, urged members to deliver quality pitches that provide a better balance between bat and ball.

It also focused on improving player behavior and upholding the spirit of the game which has been hit by a recent ball-tampering scandal.

The ICC was criticised after it banned Australia skipper Steve Smith for only one Test over his role in the scandal in South Africa in March in which batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught trying to alter the ball.

After a wave of public anger, Cricket Australia later banned Smith and his deputy David Warner for 12 months. Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension.

"The group felt that excessive personal abuse and ball tampering were serious offenses in the game and that should be reflected in the way in which they are dealt with," Kumble was quoted as saying in the release.

"There was also strong support for giving the match officials more authority and subsequently greater support around their decision making," the former leg-spinner added.

The committee has made a series of recommendations to be shared with the chief executives' committee in June before final ratification by the ICC board.

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