Cricket Rule: In the game of cricket, how and what size should the bat be, detailed information has been given in Rule 5 of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Rule 5.1.1 of the MCC, the rule-making body for the International Cricket Council (ICC), states that the bat consists of two parts, a handle and a blade. The handle of the bat should be mainly of cane or wood. The part of the bat handle that is completely outside the blade is called the upper part of the handle and is used to hold the bat. The upper part of the handle can be covered with grip. It is clearly mentioned in the rule that the blade of the bat will be of wood only. All bats can have commercial identifications, but their size should also be as per the prescribed rules.
Rule 5.4 deals with the protection of the bat and its repair, according to which no person shall be allowed to protect the face, sides and shoulders of the blade or to repair damage to the surface of the blade. A material that is not hard can be applied to the blade. Apart from this, wood can be inserted as a solid material in the blade to repair any other damage, but for this the use of adhesives will have to be minimized. Along with this, the texture of any part of the bat should not be such that the ball gets damaged.
Bat Size Range: According to Rule 5.7.1, the maximum length of the bat after adding the lower part of the handle to the blade is 38 inches or 96.52 cm. Should not exceed. The width of the blade of the bat should not exceed 4.25 inches / 10.8 cm, depth (depth) 2.64 inches / 6.7 cm and its edges should not exceed 1.56 inches / 4.0 cm. Except for bats of size 6 and below, the handle should not exceed 52 percent of the total length of the bat. Similarly the thickness of the material used to cover the bat should not exceed 0.04 inch/0.1 cm. The maximum thickness of any protective material applied to the base of the blade should be 0.12 inch/0.3 cm.
According to the rules, the use of bats other than wood is not allowed, but a case of its violation came to the fore during the Ashes series in 1979 when Dennis Lillee of Australia in Perth not only reached the crease with an aluminum bat but also some The balls were also played with it. When England captain Mike Brearley came to know about this, he complained about this to the field umpire. Lilly had barely agreed to play with a wooden bat after the umpire’s intervention in the matter.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 23, 2023, 19:05 IST