The floods in Kashmir did cause a lot of loss but there’s a cricketing aspect related to it . Kashmir has traditionally been the main area of bat manufacturing in India, mainly because of the abundance of the good quality of woods suitable for bat making and the floods in the region meant that the woods have been destroyed.
All India Sports Goods Manufacturing Association chairman Rakesh Mahajan said that the loss has been significant but it will mainly be the export which will be affected. This will also mean an increase in the rates of the bat.
Australia has been a major importer of bats from India and so is England and South Africa but Australia’s dependence is higher than other two. This mean that Australia may face the shortage as the Indian producers have predicted a heavy cut off in export.
The woods have been damaged and those which are still there are unfitt for use as they have been under water for a long time . A head worker in a bat factory said that even if the woods are supplied, they will have balck spots and this remains to be the biggest problem.
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Each willow tree takes 10-15 years to grow and this will take significant time to be ready for being used to make bats. Each manufacturer has a stock of wood for 1-2 years but in long term, they will have shortage. However high quality bats won’t be affected as they are mainly made of English willow imported which is imported from England. The fact that there is no substitue for Kashmir Willow will mean that the manufacturers will import more English willow and the prices will rise
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