Cricket Australia (CA) has banned West Indian all-rounder, Andre Russel’s black-painted bat banned who is playing for Sydney Thunder in this BBL as it was found to have discolored the ball.
Sydney Thunder star all-rounder came to bat in the first match of the KFC Big Bash League with an outrageous black bat. In the past, the usage of the gold and green bats was seen in BBL but unlike that, the Jamaican’s blade left coloured marks on the white Kookaburra ball.
Head of the Big Bash league Anthony Everard said, “As a result, we have decided to withdraw our approval for Andre to use the bat that was used last night as the colour solution used by the manufacturer was discoloring the ball.”
He added, “Should Andre, or any other BBL or WBBL player for that matter, wish to use a bat with a different colouring solution to the one used last night that doesn’t result in the discoloration of the match ball, they will be permitted to do so subject to Cricket Australia being satisfied that the bat won’t compromise the integrity of the game, which we believe discoloring the match ball does.”
On the other hand, Thunder’s opponent in the last match was Sydney Sixers and veteran wicket-keeper of Sixers, Brad Haddin complained about the bat instantly. Atfirst, he noticed the black spots emerging on the ball during Russell’s batting.
Haddin was mic’d up during the match and told the commentators, “With that black bat, the ball, if you have a close look at it, it has four black marks on it, So if he had of batted for any time, it may have proven hard to see.”
A CA spokesperson said on Tuesday, “A player can use a coloured bat subject to CA approval, the bat may be the same colour as the Club’s primary colour, or black. CA retains the right to withdraw approval in its absolute discretion. The umpires can also request a player change the bat if they believe it affects the integrity of the match.”