Darren Lehmann backs regulation of bats sizes after Ricky Ponting

Aakarsh / 08 July 2016

After the World T20 recently produced a high-scoring affair, there are a number of shout-outs for the size of the bats to be reduced.

Over the years, the piece of wood in the batsman’s hand has gone through numerous changes and has evolved into an instrument that is now attracting criticism from all fronts.

And Australian cricket coach Darren Lehman, a member of the ICC cricket committee has revealed his concern for the bowlers in the net when bowling to these big bats.

The Cricket Committee has now put on its agenda the size of cricket bats after taking into consideration the safety of the players and the umpires and the fact that it may provide the batsman with an unfair advantage.

Two years ago, the MCC revealed that the bats have thickened to about 22mm while the edges of the bat by 300% giving the batsmen an unfair advantage in the sport.

A revised report was submitted last month but is yet to be publicized but it is understood that the discussions of the committee will focus on introducing gauge to measure bats, with a particular focus being the depth of the sweet spot and the thickness of the edges.

The likes of Ricky Ponting and David Warner have also had their say on this issue but Lehman seems to be convinced that the size of a bats is a great disadvantage for the bowlers.

I see health and safety as a big issue, especially more so in the nets. To be fair, bowlers and net bowlers in the nets are a real worry for us,” he said talking about the problems faced by bowlers in the nets.

“The way they hit them now, they are stronger athletes – they hit them harder, there is no doubt about that. Anyone says that they don’t, are kidding themselves. It [injuries] are going to happen somewhere, hopefully, it doesn’t, but you have just got to be mindful of all that,” he added.

He went on to say that it was hard for the batsman to change his style of play for the bowlers safety but pointed out that his players try their level best to do so when a young bowler is charging in.

“They are sensible enough – if they see a young net bowler, they will play accordingly, which is good,” he said.

The Australian coach also had his say on the size of the bats and felt that it was important to regulate the size and to make sure that a standard is set for all the players in the world.

On the size of the bats, Lehmann replied: “Where they are at now, is about right, maybe a little bit less. They will certainly make it stock standard for everyone. The edges are too big on some of the bats.”

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