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DUBAI – ICC president Alan Isaac yesterday unveiled plans for a new, even shorter form of cricket that he said would allow more matches to be played while generating renewed public interest in the game. Addressing media at a flashy, high-powered launch, Isaac explained the new format with a series of diagrams and charts. “Basically, the two teams will walk out into the middle. They will then line up opposite each other on the pitch and then the umpires will take a coin, they will then flip that coin, the home captain will call heads or tails. Now, if he calls right, then his team wins, but if he calls wrong… then his team loses.”
Isaac said that increased competition from other sports had forced the organization’s hand but that they were confident the new format would take hold amongst the viewing public. “We were mindful of keeping the spirit of cricket – the coin toss is an old tradition that goes back more than a hundred years – but this new shorter incarnation will make the game even sexier and bring it into the new millenium”. Isaac added that plans were already underway for the first Coin Toss World Cup to be held in England in October. “We’re very excited because we can literally do the whole World Cup in one night.” It is expected that international teams could now play up to 6,000 matches a year, giving cricket fans the profuse surfeit of rapid-fire contests that so characterises the game they love.