The Pakistan Cricket Board has made the "no-toss" rule a part of the Playing Conditions and PCB Code of Conduct for the 2019-20 season which commences on September 14 with the first round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
This rule, in accordance with clause 13.4 of the PCB Playing Conditions 2019-20, will provide the visiting team's captain the option to bowl first after examining the pitch conditions.
If the visiting captain decides against bowling first, a normal coin toss will be done instead.
The "no-toss" rule extends to matches played at neutral venues as well with the home team deemed as the one dubbed "Home" in the domestic schedule.
The aim of this new regulation is to scrap the concept of home advantage and render the practice of doctoring pitches obsolete.
“The PCB is committed to reduce the gap between international and domestic cricket, which made these changes necessary. I am hopeful that these alterations will bring in more professionalism in our players and help them prepare for the daunting challenges of international cricket," PCB Director Domestic Cricket Operations Haroon Rashid said.
National cricketers including Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir have also welcomed PCB's innovative initiative.
“Obviously, home teams make pitches according to their need which reduces the chances of competitive cricket. So it is good that the visiting team will now decide either to bowl first or have the toss,” Sarfaraz said.
The PCB will also impose heftier cash fines on slow over-rates in line with the stringent rules in place by the ICC.
As a result, the new rules have increased the range of fines.
For unlimited-overs matches:
PKR 8,000 per team for 1-2 over short
PKR 12,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 3-4 overs
PKR 16,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 5-6 overs
PKR 20,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 7-8 overs
PKR 25,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 9 or more overs
For one-day matches:
PKR 10,000 per team for 1-2 over short
PKR 12,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 3-5 overs short
PKR 16,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 6 or more overs short
For T20 matches:
PKR 10,000 per team for 1 over short
PKR 15,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 2-4 overs short
PKR 20,000 per team plus penalty for previous overs for 5 or more overs short
For day/night matches in the Pakistan Cup One-Day matches, an extra 30 minutes will be available to the teams to complete their overs.
The updated points system will give weight to the first innings performances in the batting and bowling departments.
A team winning will receive 16 points while five and nine points will be awarded in case of a drawn or a tied game.
The first innings performances will be evaluated as follows:
Batting points for the first innings:
1 point for 200 runs
2 points for 250 runs
3 points for 300 runs
4 points for 350 runs
5 points for 400 runs
Bowling points for first innings:
1 point for 3 wickets
2 points for 6 wickets
3 points for 9 wickets
In the event of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final ending in a draw, the winner will be declared on the basis of the first innings.
If the first innings of both sides are not finished within five days, the game will be prolonged for a subsequent day.
The new rules allow Cricket Associations to register one overseas player, "subject to a written approval from the PCB and a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the relevant cricket board of that player, in addition to their original squad of 32 players".
Such a request to include foreign players must be submitted to the board one month before the cricket season.