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Cricket Australia banned Russell's black and pink bat in the BBL

By Rashmi Nanda -

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The West Indies all-rounder, Andre Russell made headlines when he made a Big Bash comeback with the controversial black bat.

When the Jamaican star batsman strided out for the opening match of this season of the KFC Big Bash League, that time the striking black and hot pink bat was the most talking point on the social media.

But without much delay, Cricket Australia banned black and pink bat used by Sydney Thunder's Andre Russell in the game.

Andre Russell batted with a standard piece of willow in the second match of the Sydney Thunder, which won by the Melbourne Renegades by 49 runs on 22 December.

The black bat could be back in action after some improvements at Spartan HQ for the next game of the Sydney Thunder, which will play against the Brisbane Heat on December 28 at Sydney's Spotless Stadium.

Russell posted a video to his social media handle with Spartan founder Kunal Sharma, who was seen to representing enhanced Extracted coating.

Kunal Sharma told cricket.com.au, "Spartan is working in conjunction with Cricket Australia to meet the standard requirements for the S6R DreRuss black bat," 

He added, "We are satisfied with the progress being made and look forward to seeing Andre Russell using the bat again in future BBL fixtures for the Sydney Thunder."

Anthony Everard, the head of the Big Bash, has permitted the black bat for the games. He said, "Should Andre, or any other BBL or WBBL player for that matter, wish to use a bat with a different coloring solution to the one used last night that doesn’t result in the discoloration of the match ball, they will be permitted to do so subject to Cricket Australia being satisfied that the bat won’t compromise the integrity of the game, which we believe discoloring the match ball does," 

According to the Big Bash system, a player is able to use a colored bat subject to Cricket Australia authorization. The bat has to be the same color as the club’s primary color, or black. 

If the players believe that the bat affects the honesty of the match, in such situations the umpires can also ask them to change it.


@kunalspartan the black bat is back!

A video posted by Andre Russell (@ar12russell) on