The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has rejected the idea of bamboo bats, saying it is illegal under the current set of rules of cricket. Earlier, there was a study from the University of Cambridge suggesting that bats made from bamboo are economically sustainable and are also stronger than the ones made from willow, which is traditionally used.
“Currently, law 5.3.2 states that the blade of the bat must consist solely of wood, so for bamboo (which is a grass) to be considered as a realistic alternative to willow would require a law change,” MCC said in a statement as quoted by PTI on Monday.
“Importantly, the law would need to be altered to allow bamboo specifically, as even if it were to be recognised as a wood, this would still be illegal under the current law, which bans lamination of the blade, except in junior bats.”
‘There should be a balance between bat and ball’
“MCC’s role includes maintaining the balance between bat and ball, and any potential amendments to this law would need to carefully take this into consideration, particularly the concept of the bat producing greater power. The Club has worked hard to ensure that bats aren’t too powerful, taking steps in 2008 and 2017 to limit the materials and the size of the bats for this purpose,” the statement added.
The researchers – Darshil Shah and Ben Tinkler-Davies had found the bamboo bat to be ‘stiffer, harder and stronger than those made of willow, although more brittle’ and had also discovered that bamboo bats have a larger ‘sweet spot closer to the toe of the bat’, meaning a batsman can time the ball well even if it comes from the toe of the bat.
“The sweet spot on a bamboo bat makes it much easier to hit a four off a Yorker for starters, but it’s exciting for all kinds of strokes,” Darshil Shah had said in the report.