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Why Bamboo Bats Are Causing A Stir In The World Of Cricket

Why Bamboo Bats Are Causing A Stir In The World Of Cricket
Friday, 11 June 2021 By Anujaya Krishna

The debate around cricket bat materials gained steam once again with a study published on May 9, 2021 by researchers from the University of Cambridge, entitled, ‘Replacing willow with bamboo in cricket bats’ (Study).[1] It explored the use of bamboo as an alternative material for making a cricket bat as against the traditional use of willow.

This piece analyzes:

  • The history of materials used to make bats and the regulation of the same,
  • the legal framework regarding the material from which cricket bats can be made,
  • why regulating the material of the bat is required,
  • arguments for and against alternative materials for manufacturing bats, and
  • comparison with equipment in other sports and recommendations resulting therefrom.

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Anujaya Krishna

Anujaya Krishna

Anujaya Krishna is a legal professional and sports enthusiast based out of India. She has been associated with the Sports Law team at Duane Morris and Selvam LLP, Singapore. She has authored a book entitled Sports Law and most recently got published in the Handbook on Sports Law. She has been keenly interested in Sports Law since her college days, and has several publications to her credit, in national journals as well as in international ones, such as the journal of the International Association of Sports Law, Greece.
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