West Indies all-rounder Andre Russel was granted permission to use his black colored bat in the ongoing Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League on Tuesday after it was initially banned for leaving marks on the ball.
Russel used a black coloured bat in the opener of BBL 06 between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers on Tuesday (December 20). 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.
However, Cricket Australia reversed the decision on Tuesday after reviewing the modifications done to the bat, with the addition of a “clear laminate cover” to prevent the problem recurring.
“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,” said league chief Anthony Everard.
As per the 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. CA said it 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.