Bat Flip Toss in BBL: Inventive minds do away with coin toss in the Big Bash League; bat flip will be used from now on.
In a bid to make the game more relatable for the fans chiefly the children, the inventive minds of the BBL (Big Bash League) have decided to do away with the orthodox approach of conduction the toss with a coin.
The eighth season of the BBL, which has commenced today, will witness the flip of the bat to decide the winner of the toss. In which is another old custom, it is the first time that it is being conducted in a contemporary competitive cricket match.
It all happened ahead of the first match of the season between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers at Brisbane.
The significant change observed the presence of host and former Australian opening batsman Michael Slater, former Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden, who flipped the bat, Chris Lynn (captain of Brisbane Heat), Colin Ingram (captain of Adelaide Strikers) and the match referee.
While Hayden flipped the bat, visiting captain Ingram called correctly to win the toss. Having won it, he put the hosts in to bat. Watch the full video below:
— 7 Cricket (@7Cricket) December 19, 2018
Former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist was seen sharing his views on the new style of toss. The 47-year seemed to have no apprehension with the new process and gave the impression of being all in. Gilchrist admitted that the change was made in a bid to associate more people with the game.
Watch the full video below:
Bat Flip – 👍 or 👎?
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 19, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the same below:
If only there was another 2 flat sided object you could have used
— Taurus (@Ironsy_13) December 19, 2018
Weird that the Hills side is flat….
— Brent (@brgunn83) December 19, 2018
— Jacob Cummings (@JacobCummz87) December 19, 2018
Hills or flats in my neck of the woods.
— 👍🏻 BAZZA 👍🏻 (@Barry_Australia) December 19, 2018
— ganesh (@monsieurganesh) December 19, 2018