West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, has been given permission to use his black coloured bat, after modifications were made to the bat covering, Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday. Russell used the black coloured bat while playing for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League,
Russell used a black coloured bat in the opener of BBL 06 between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers last week. However, black marks were spotted on the ball as a result of playing with the coloured bat, during his seven-ball stay at the crease, prompting the cricket board to bar the usage of such bats.
“Following feedback from the match officials that the bat used by Andre in the opening night of the season left black marks on the match ball, Andre has worked with his bat manufacturer to modify the bat,” said Anthony Everard, head of the Big Bash. “A clear laminate cover has been applied to the bat which complies with regulations to ensure the ball discolouration does not occur again. (Also read: Andre Russell’s much hyped black bat banned by Cricket Australia)
“We’re now satisfied that the bat will not compromise the integrity of the game by discolouring the match ball and we have granted approval for Andre to use the bat in any future BBL matches.”
As per the BBL and WBBL Clothing and Equipment Regulations, a player can use a coloured bat subject to Cricket Australia approval. The bat must be the same colour as the Club’s primary colour, or black. While the board retains the right to withdraw approval in its absolute discretion, the umpires can also request a player to change the bat if they feel so.