A cricket bat is used by batsmen in the game of cricket to hit the ball. But the history behind the paddle-shaped tool with a handle goes back to the dark ages, just after the fall of the Roman Empire. Initially, it was played with a long piece of wood and a small wood piece shaped somewhat round. This stick later evolved to the beautiful bats that are used nowadays in the gentleman’s game. The bat which was first made of willow wood in English county of Surrey has come a long way. The earliest bat was curved willow wood with a long handle for hitting the ball.
The laws governing the size of a bat
When the game started, there was no specific rule which specified the size and weight of the bats. This gave an undue advantage to the batsmen, and it became more evident with the introduction of limited-overs format. Even mishits from the large bats would cross the boundary and no one wanted to be a bowler. Law 6 of the rules specify the bat sizes to be no more than 38 inches long, and the blade width is limited to a maximum of 4.25 inches. However, there was no rule governing the thickness of the bat. The new rules passed by MCC puts the limit at 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges. This will help to balance the game between the bat and the ball. So, the cricket bat gets slimmer in 2017 and many players will have to change their game.
Some more interesting rule changes in Cricket
The run out law in which a batsman was given out when the bat bounced even after regaining the crease has been changed. Now, once the bat is inside the crease, the batsman will be counted in. The new rules also include running the runner out when he is backing up too much. Now there will be no warning, and the bowler can run the batsman out for backing too far. It will not be unfair anymore. Bad player behaviour has also been included in the new laws. The umpires will have more power and be able to red card a player just like it is done in football. Handling the bowl and obstructing the field have been merged to mean the same. The details of the law changes can be read in detail at Barnebys.co.uk.