There is no doubt that Cricket has always been a batsman’s game and probably it will be because of the sky-high popularity of Twenty20 matches, new rules and regulations like power play, changing the ball during a match etc. are always in favor of the batsman. Moreover, it is also believed that modern technology used to make Cricket bats has made it a little bit easier for the batsman to hit boundaries and over boundaries. But everything has a limit and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is the lawmaker of Cricket. They decided that no performance-increasing bat is allowed in Cricket for the betterment of the game. It has to be a traditional normal bat, which cannot be something like a magic bat because they believe that in the long run, it will decrease the popularity of Cricket. So, they made some rules and regulations which must be followed by the manufacturers of Cricket bat. Before starting their rules and regulations, let’s look back at some controversies against the cricket bat.
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The first major controversy regarding the Cricket bat raised back in 1979 when Dennis Lillie attempted to use an aluminum bat. It was instantly taken from the field as it damaged the ball severely. Then in 2005, former Australian skipper and current senior player of the Australian Cricket Team Ricky Ponting attempted to use a graphite-covered wood bat and it was also banned.
And not very long ago in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2010, we saw former Australian Opener Matthew Hayden playing with a new kind of Cricket bat known as “Mongoose.” In fact, he was the brand ambassador of the “Mongoose.” At first look, many people might think that it does not follow the rules and regulations, but it does follow the rules of the MCC. To be exact, this bat has a 33% shorter blade and 43% larger handle than the traditional bat. It was made exclusively for Twenty20 cricket. But unfortunately, Hayden could not perform well probably because of this retirement from the international level and the bat lost his potential to be a benchmark of a new bat for Twenty20 cricket. Another big reason is that almost all big hard hitters were not interested in “Mongoose.” Experts say that it is good for a low bounce but not suitable for bouncy pitches. You may have an advantage playing horizontal shots but it could be difficult to play good length bowls and cut shots with this exaggerated “Mongoose”.
The final version of the MCC law was published in 2008 and it is being strictly followed from October 1, 2008, all over the world. Their latest rules and regulations about the Cricket bat are described below.
The one and only purpose of the new law is to make sure that the Cricketers do not get any extra benefit from the bat. It is a bat, not a magic bat. For the first time, MCC introduced a grading system for the bats. There are 3 grades and they are Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. The National Governing Bodies are the decider to choose which grade should be used in which level of Cricket.
|Factors||Grade A||Grade B||Grade C|
|10% or less materials other than traditional materials like cane, wood and twine in the handle||yes||yes||yes|
|More than 10% but not more than 20% materials other than traditional materials in the handle||no||no||yes|
|More than 20% materials other than traditional materials in the handle||no||no||no|
|Anti-Scuff fitted (must not damage the ball significantly)||yes||yes||yes|
|Cloth for covering the blade||no||no||yes|
|Non-solid material (e.g. varnish) to improve resistance to moisture and natural decay||yes||yes||yes|
Even blocking a fast bowl creates a lot of vibration in the handle. That is why to minimize the vibration some materials like rubber “springs” can be used but it cannot be more than 10% of the handle for Grade A and Grade B. Cane, wood and/or twine are the rest of the materials. For Grade C it can be increased up to 20%. The lower part of the handle cannot be more than 3.25 in/8.26cm and it must be made of cane, wood, or twine.