After Andre Russell has attracted attention for using a black bat in BBL06, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is being urged to do the same in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Spartan Sports, a sporting gear and equipment company, wants Dhoni to use one of their coloured bats when captaining the Rising Pune Supergiants team.
“Dhoni is more than welcome to use a coloured bat (in IPL)”, said Cameron Merchant, Spartan’s cricket manager. “We would love him to as he is such an amazing role model and influential cricketer and individual as kids look up to him”.
Dhoni heads a list of cricketers signed by Spartan, which also includes former Australian captain Michael Clarke, West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, Alastair Cook, Eoin Morgan (England), Australia’s pacer Mitchell Johnson, former cricket great Sir Viv Richards and Sri Lanka’s woman cricketer Sripali Weerakkody.
West Indies’ Andre Russell was not the first cricketer who came to bat with the coloured bat in BBL06. The 29-year-old Sydney Thunder player, however, was banned for using black bat because it was discovered that the bat left visible marks on the ball. He has since been given permission to use the bat after a laminated cover was added.
“Aidan Blizzard (Sydney Thunder) has used a green coloured bat whereas Mitch Johnson (Perth Scorchers) has used orange bat”, Merchant, who played first class cricket in New Zealand, said. “The coloured bat is allowed in T20 franchise competitions around the world. Cricket Australia have allowed it with the colours to be the same majority as clubs, i.e Sydney Thunder are black and green so we can have either a full green bat or black bat.
“Spartan Sports originally came up with the idea with Chris Gayle with the original coloured bat of the Golden bat in last years’ BBL,” he added. “We thought how can we make the game even more exciting and appealing for the fans and kids and make them smile. If it gets kids enjoying the game and participating in cricket then we are happy”.
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