We have to ensure T20 cricket does not become a 'win the coin flip and win the game' format: Ian Chappell

We have to ensure T20 cricket does not become a ‘win the coin flip and win the game’ format: Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell added that a ‘wide-reaching’ survey needs to be undertaken to incorporate the changes needed to improve T20 cricket.

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has opined that the toss played a major role in deciding the winner in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. Chappell even termed the T20 World Cup as a ‘win the coin flip and win the game event’.

Chappell also added that the toss was one of the major flaws in the 2021 T20 World Cup. The cricketer-turned-expert also stated that the Australian side won the trophy with some good firepower in their batting lineup.

“They clinched the trophy by clouting deliveries to and over the boundary while producing a mixture of bowling that combined just enough wicket-taking with the right amount of containment.

They also had the good fortune to win the toss when it really mattered, in a tournament where the major matches too often became a ‘win the coin flip, win the game’ event. That was one of the major flaws in a tournament that achieved quite a lot of success,” wrote Chappell for ESPNCricinfo.

Franchise cricket is becoming increasingly popular: Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell also feels that franchise cricket has become extremely popular, and has also experienced massive success. The Aussie added that a ‘wide-reaching’ survey needs to be undertaken to incorporate the changes needed to improve T20 cricket. Chappell concluded by stating that if T20 cricket has to remain popular, then the format should not be skewed in favour of the side winning the toss.

“There’s an appeal for a worldwide T20 tournament featuring contests between nations. In addition, there’s widespread clamour for franchise cricket, which is increasingly popular and has experienced enormous success.

However, there needs to be a wide-reaching survey into the changes required to improve the T20 format. To make it even more popular than it is, tournaments have to include a way to ensure the game doesn’t become a matter of winning the toss,” concluded Ian Chappell.