The coin toss has been replaced by the bat flip; from now it will be “hills” or “flats” at the toss in the Big Bash. The winner of the call will be decided by which side up the cricket bat lands. A specially modified bat has been made for the toss. It has been assured that this bat won’t favor the call.
“For me, it’s a great moment which reflects what BBL is about,” Cricket Australia’s head of the Big Bash League, Kim McConnie, told the ABC. “I’ve got it from great authority at our Kookaburra friends that this is a tested and weighted bat to deliver that equity.”
“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?” she said. “Now we are making it much more relevant to families, we are creating a moment which is much more fitting with kids.”
The first captain to flip the bat will be Brisbane Heat’s Chris Lynn against Adelaide Strikers on December 19.