To hit further and harder has been the dream of many a young cricketer who aspired to hit sixes with as much regularity as his T20 heroes. Some bat manufacturers responded by creating bats with thicker and thicker edges and broader faces – even though it’s highly unlikely that the six-hitting hero’s custom made bat would be available in the brand’s consumer ranges.
But, now the MCC’s World Cricket Committee has said Enough! After lengthy discussions and consultations, they decided at their meeting in March this year that new codes to limit the depth and edges of cricket bats should be adopted.
After the new Code is issued on 1 October 2017, the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges, the cricket law-making body announced.
From October, a bat gauge will be used to measure the bats of professional players, but manufacturers will have a moratorium period to introduce the new bat sizes into their ranges for the amateur game.
The local governing bodies will decide on how long the moratorium period will be.
The decision came after lengthy debates about the unfair advantage the powerful high spine and thick-edged bats give batsmen who seemingly manage to hit sixes effortlessly, especially in T20 games.
Several bat manufacturers – especially those represented on the MCC committee like Gunn & Moore – have already announced that their new season bats comply with these regulations. But, Australia’s David Warner, who was criticised for his mega-size Kaboom Gray-Nicolls bat, is not amused.