In an attempt to reduce the impact of home advantage in its World Test Championship, a newly formed ICC committee is keen on doing away with the toss in Test cricket, and the merits and demerits of the idea were debated in newspapers on Friday (May 18).

Elsewhere, there’s someone who has been described as a cross between Bob Dylan and Bob Marley – except that he used to bowl a cricket ball once, and in more familiar territory, the BCCI had some words of warning for the ICC.

Toss could be axed for Ashes series to reduce home advantage (The Guardian)
Next summer’s Ashes series in England could be the first in 141 years of Test cricket to be played without the toss taking place as the International Cricket Council considers ways to reduce the impact of home advantage in its World Test Championship.

 

Visitors’ choice as coin toss is put in peril (Sydney Morning Herald)
Next year’s Ashes may be the high-profile guinea-pig series if a proposal is agreed to ditch the coin toss for all matches in the International Cricket Council’s new Test championship.

 

Briefing notes for an ICC committee meeting at the end of this month indicate time may be up for the toss in the majority of Tests to help address concerns about exaggerated home advantage.

Doing away with toss in Test cricket not sensible: Bishan Singh Bedi (Times of India)
A newly-formed committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), one that includes ex-international cricketers and coaches, elite panel umpires and match-referees, is keen on debating the idea of doing away with the ‘toss’ in Test cricket.

 

BCCI warns world body against cutting their revenue share (Times of India)
With the International Cricket Council (ICC) citing high disparity in distribution of world cricket income as one of its weaknesses, the BCCI asserted on Thursday that it won’t entertain any sort of cut from its share as it is expecting a rise in its expenditure.

 

A reliable all-rounder in the shortest format (The Hindu)
Known for befuddling batsmen with his mysterious spin bowling, Sunil Narine has established himself as a proficient T20 batsman as well in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League.

 

Bob Dylan-Bob Marley cross Omari Banks ready for Reggaelution in India (Indian Express)
“There are still some artists in the Caribbean who are saying the same things as Bob Marley did and promoting conscious reggae music. There is not a lack of issues to sing about.” It’s perhaps the only time Omari Banks, a former West Indies cricketer who featured in five Tests and 10 ODIs in the early aughts, breaks away from his generally jovial disposition and gets all serious.

 

Cricket in Olympics will mean more revenue for the ICC (Indian Express)
Taking cricket to the Olympics has had been one of the foremost issues on the ICC agenda, and the global body’s Strategic Working Group (SWG) expectedly focused on the globalisation of the game, as they discussed global strategy for cricket with the BCCI in Delhi on Thursday. The 72-point SWOT analysis—18 each of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats—done by the SWG mentioned cricket’s over-reliance on India’s money and the Indian fans. The ICC representatives, it is learnt, spoke about the need to tap a wider market for alternate revenue sources.

 

‘Virat Kohli’ ty of a champion (Deccan Chronicle)
Laidback, chatty and jovial, Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli painted a refreshing picture of casualness when he interacted with the media at an event at a new international watch store in the city. The RCB captain, who was back in nammooru for the game against SRH, was in a light-hearted mood as he got candid with host Siddharth Kannan about his childhood, his special buddy Bruno and more…

 

Joe Root ready for ‘more responsibility’ with return to England No 3 spot (The Guardian)
Joe Root feels ready to make a success of England’s troublesome No 3 position after a year spent adjusting to the demands of being both Test captain and premier batsman.

 

Trevor Bayliss has long argued for it to be the Yorkshireman’s ideal berth but while the England coach had his way for the bulk of 2016 – a career-best 254 against Pakistan resulted – Root’s replacing of Alastair Cook as captain last year prompted a move back down to No 4.

Warne confirms move to Fox Sports (Cricket.com.au)
Shane Warne has confirmed he has signed with Foxtel to be part of the Fox Sports cricket commentary team for the next six years.

 

Warne had been strongly linked to a switch from the Nine Network to Fox and the move was confirmed tonight.

Victoria offer dumped Maddinson a lifeline (Cricket.com.au)
Damaging batsman Nic Maddinson is set to be handed a career lifeline by Victoria, who are keen to add the uncontracted left-hander to their squad for this summer’s JLT One-Day Cup competition.

 

India should play day-night Test in Adelaide: Harbhajan (Sydney Morning Herald)
Indian Test great Harbhajan Singh has turned the spotlight on his home country’s board for refusing to play in a day-night Test in Australia this summer, at a time when the sport’s traditional format is under threat.

 

It’s not often Indian players, regardless of their standing in the game, question the sport’s most powerful governing body but Harbhajan, the feisty off-spinner who played the last of his 103 Tests in 2015, has done so.

Graeme Swann on 100-ball cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin’s experiment with leg spin and Virat Kohli’s test in England (First Post)
Graeme Swann backed the 100-ball cricket that has been proposed by England Cricket Board (ECB) in order to make the game popular in the country. Speaking at an event in Mumbai, he said that Test cricket should remain the most important thing but 100-ball cricket is what kids are looking up to now. He added that ECB’s decision to launch a new format has a lot to do with the television timing slots also.

First of its kind: BCCI’s finance team gets a holiday (Times of India)
The BCCI’s finance team members, who keep a track of all income and expenditure related to the game, hardly get a chance to step outside the office as it is strictly a desk job. Now, for the first time in the history of the richest cricket board, a 25-member finance committee is being sent for an excursion to Lonavala for a two-night stay – thanks to the initiative taken by BCCI’s CFO Santosh Rangnekar.

 

Cricket Ireland confirms T20 double-header is sold out (The Irish Times)
Cricket Ireland have announced that the Twenty20 international double-header on Friday June 29th has sold out, with a capacity of 8,500 set to pack into Malahide for the meeting of Ireland and India in the men’s game and Ireland and Bangladesh in the women’s encounter.