George Bailey of the Hobart Hurricanes and Travis Head of the Adelaide Strikers toss the coin ahead of a Big Bash League match earlier this year.
A bat flip will replace the traditional coin toss before each Twenty20 game in this season’s Big Bash league in Australia.
It’s no longer “heads or tails” but “hills or flats” as the shorter version of the game again looks to increase its appeal to the younger generation.
The move introduces a backyard or beach cricket approach for the eighth edition of the tournament that starts on December 19.
“For me it’s a great moment which reflects what BBL is about,” Cricket Australia’s head of the BBL, Kim McConnie, told the ABC.
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“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.”
Organisers have even gone to the trouble of making special bats, aware that the back-heavy modern blades might not fall with an even chance.
“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,” McConnie said, a move confirmed by the bat manufacturer who ensured “symmetrical weight”.
The away team captain will get to make the call and the bat must complete one full rotation.
I’m guessing sponsors will be plastered all over the bat. What next, one hand one bounce, electric wickie, 6 & out, unless hit out of the stadium!! Let’s worry about game development & other important things that matter. Is the baggy green top priority these days?
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 11, 2018
The move comes as the International Cricket Council contemplates doing away with the coin toss in test matches.
Instead the visiting captain would be given the option of batting or bowling first amidst increasing concerns about the imbalance between home and away teams and local conditions.