2018/19 BBL Begins With The Bat Flip Toss, Faces Huge Criticism
By Sandy - Dec 19, 2018 4:57 pm
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The world cricket is trying to find the replacement of historical coin toss and the official action has started on Wednesday (December 19) when the opening game of the 2018/19 Big Bash League (BBL 2018/19) has started with the bat flip.

The new Bat flip toss

As the traditional coin toss has become hugely effective in cricket, even sometimes it becomes the match decider and the host side prepare themselves to take the advantage of this, the world cricket is looking for some good replacement of it. This time, the Australian T20 league BBL has brought the bat flip where now the captains have to call “Roofs” or “Flats” instead of “heads” or “tails”.

During the opening game of the 2018/19 BBL between Brisbane Heats and the Defending champions Adelaide Strikers at Brisbane, the Heats captain Chris Lynn and the Strikers captain Colin Ingram faced the innovative bat flip. Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden flipped the bat which was won by the Strikers’ captain Ingram and decided to field first.

Talking about the innovative toss, Cricket Australia’s head of the BBL, Kim McConnie 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? Now we are making it much more relevant to families, we are creating a moment which is much more fitting with kids.”

Brisbane Heat: Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (capt), Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, James Peirson, James Pattinson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Adelaide Strikers: Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram (capt), Matt Short, Jon Wells, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake.

However, this innovative toss has faced a huge criticism on the various social media accounts. Some have even felt that it is the disrespecting the cricketing tool.

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