Controversial Cricket bats: T20’s specialist Andre Russell surprised a lot of people when he walked out to bat with a piece of black shining willow in a Big Bash match some days back. The bat created a debate in the social media too with many complaining if it is even legal. Well, this is not the first time a cricket bat has been subject to controversy.
Now, Cricket Australia who had earlier cleared the West Indian all-rounder to use it in the game has banned the piece of willow saying “it left spots on the ball.”
“The match officials provided feedback to Cricket Australia that the bat used by Russell left black marks on the match ball,” Big Bash Head Anthony Everard was quoted by BBC.
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“As a result, we have decided to withdraw our approval for Andre to use the bat.
Russell now has gone back to swinging his old bats. In this article, we look at 5 other cricketing bats which created controversies.
#5 The monster bat of 1771
This was the first ever instance where a huge controversy arose regarding bat’s size. This incident is of 1771, way before international cricket was played. The event also brought in changes in laws of the size of cricket bats. It was a game between Chertsey and Hambleton, Thomas White came out with a huge bat wide enough to cover the wickets. Reportedly, if Thomas had intentions of blocking every ball, no one could ever get him out. Hambleton players did not have any option but to protest against the use of such a piece of willow and it was led by their fast bowler Brett.
Later Hambleton skipper Richard Nyren signed a petition, which led to a change in the laws Cricket wherein the maximum width of the cricket bat was set at four-and-a-quarter inches. Thomas White’s move though a stroke of genius, was lambasted all around as being unsportsmanlike. Incidentally, Chertsey lost the game by just 1 run as they failed to chase down Hambleton’s 218.
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