Why does the BBL leave who bats first up to chance?
There should be something to make the decision interesting, and it should involve skills at which players can get good, so here is a list of another three bat flip alternatives. You can find my first three ideas in my earlier piece.
1. Bouncy ball
Yes, you read it right. How’s that for a decision-maker? Captains would come into the ground and bounce the cherry on the edge of their bats. They’re given chances of doing so. The captain with the most number of bounces in three gigs wins.
A plus point of this idea is you can make your opponent lose control early by trying to make him laugh with whatever lame jokes or physical acts take you fancy. Language variation will be a problem in some cases, so doing something funny physically would be good.
2. Bowling rally
I’m not talking about cricket bowling. Every team uses football during practice or when they decide to try their luck at a different sport after getting out on a blob, dropping a dolly or conceding runs like crazy. Maybe seeing Ellyse Perry expertly play both cricket and football is behind the idea.
Stumps would be set up and a captain or a player the captain selects would roll the football underarm towards the stumps from the other end of the wicket. The player who can drop most sticks in three attempts wins. Now that’s how you make tosses less boring.
3. Tug of war
Remove those fancy advertising triangles from the ropes for a blink and have a rope-pulling contest. Both playing XIs should take part in it and wicketkeepers should be at the ends of the rope because they are to keep things together. Short-ball players should be at the front because they have to pull and hook the rope. The third umpire could also be called if needed.
So how’s that? Add your suggestions in the comments box below.