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Three alternatives to the bat flip

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21st January, 2019

The Big Bash League is always looking for something innovative and technology-related. However, it turned very backyard-y in this season – the bat flip.

It was a great idea as far as I’m concerned but the flats-side is flat and hills-side is flatter. Isn’t it?

Here’s a list of tosses that can be an alternative to the bat flip.

1. A more than hundred-metre sprint
Tosses shouldn’t be left up to the luck. They should involve something one can get better at. A cricket stadium has two sight screens, right? So why not captains come one on one against each other in sightscreen-to-sightscreen sprint?

Captains could also select any player of the playing XI to have a race showdown. By the introduction of this toss, fitness level of players might also increase.

2. Throwing the cherry
This one also include sightscreens and might step-up the fielding standard of the fielders – especially those surrounding the circumference.

Players should throw the cricket ball from one sight screen towards another and distance should be counted – like javelin throw. And yes, chucking is allowed in this.

If you’ve been a good baseball pitcher, you will be welcomed to decide the fortune of your team.

3. Push-up challenge
There is a half an hour break between the toss and match. Why not cut that short and have a push-up challenge? Fitness, fitness and fitness. Sports player should be fit, why not make it necessary.


All eleven players would start doing push-ups, the first team to lose five players by tiredness loses.

Imagine the post-match conferences, then. “Nothing went our way, some players let us down in the push-up challenge and we had to bat first on a green top”.

Misbah up Haq would support this gleefully.

What do you think Roarers? Is this a good way to solve the issue?

If you’ve got your own alternatives, let me know below. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the series.