Big Bash bans An­dre Russell’s black bat

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

SYDNEY: Cricket of­fi­cials yes­ter­day banned a black bat used by West In­dian An­dre Russell in Aus­tralia’s T20 Big Bash League be­cause its colour marks the ball.

The Sydney Thun­der star used the bat with a black blade and pink han­dle dur­ing Tues­day night’s open­ing BBL match against the Sydney Six­ers af­ter Cricket Aus­tralia ini­tially gave the all-clear.

But af­ter feed­back from match of­fi­cials that it was leav­ing black marks on the match ball, they re­versed their per­mis­sion. “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 dis­colour­ing the ball,” said BBL chief An­thony Ever­ard.

He added that a player could use a coloured bat as long as it “doesn’t re­sult in the dis­coloura­tion of the match ball”. It was sub­ject to Cricket Aus­tralia “be­ing sat­is­fied that the bat won’t com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of the game, which we be­lieve dis­colour­ing the match ball does”.

Un­der BBL reg­u­la­tions, a player can use a coloured bat as long as it is same colour as their team’s pri­mary kit colour, or black.

Cricket Aus­tralia has the dis­cre­tion to deny any ap­provals and the um­pires can also re­quest a player change the bat if they be­lieve it is af­fect­ing the in­tegrity of the match.

An­dre Russell

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