Ending a 141-year tradition of conducting the toss by flipping a coin, the Big Bash League (BBL) marked a new beginning in cricket on Wednesday after the decision on which team will bat or bowl first was done through a 'bat flip'.
In the opening match of the eighth season of BBL, Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers created history by becoming the first teams to flip the bat, instead of coin flip for toss. Australian legend Matthew Hayden became the first individual to flip the bat, which also marked the end of 'heads or tails', which will now be replaced by 'hills or flats'.
Earlier this month, it was confirmed that coin toss would be replaced by bat toss. Speaking about this historic change, Kim McConnie, the head of the league, stated that it '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?" McConnie was quoted as telling the Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an article published on the league's website.
While this may have caught the eye of the cricket fans, a number of them lamented this decision. On Twitter, many ridiculed the bat flip and called for a return of coin toss.