Australia’s Big Bash League to replace coin toss with bat flip
Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) is set to introduce bat flip for the first time in cricket which will replace coin toss to decide which team will bat or bowl first.
Among all the T20 leagues in the world, BBL is one of the most popular league and the upcoming season is all set to kick-off on December 19.
This league is widely known for bringing out new innovations and changes to the game of cricket. It was BBL, who first introduced the zings stumps that light up after being disturbed and now these stumps are used in almost all leagues in the world and most importantly, it is now used in the International cricket too.
Changing the whole dimension look of the stumps, the league is now concentrating on changing the system of toss as they will using bat flip instead of coin toss in the upcoming season. The captains will call ‘flats’ and ‘hills’ instead of ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ when the bat will be in the air.
When asked to the head of BBL Kim McConnie the reason behind this change, she said –
“For me it’s a great moment which reflects what BBL is about. Some people don’t like change but I’d also challenge people to say when was the last time anyone watched the coin toss or really focused on it to a great extent?”
However, it is needless to say that questions will be raised on the fairness if the toss is done by bat flip. But McConnie has informed that they will be using a customized bat for the purpose so as to ensure equal probability of either outcome.
“I’ve got it from great authority at our [bat maker] Kookaburra friends that this is a tested and weighted bat to deliver that equity. Now we are making it much more relevant to families, we are creating a moment which is much more fitting with kids.”
Eight teams will battle against each other in the eighth season of the dynamic BBL league where a total of 59 matches will be played.