When a cricket fan hears about the Indian Premier League (IPL), then three thing comes to everyone's mind and those are - Colour, Spice, and Entertainment. Therefore, in the next season of IPL, the skipper of Rising Pune Supergiants, MS Dhoni will be adding some zing and color to what is already an exhibition?
Speaking of that, the cricket manager at the Spartan Sports, Cameron Merchant said: "Dhoni is more than welcome to use a colored bat (in IPL). He is such an amazing role model, influential cricketer and kids look up to him."
In 2013, the Indian limited overs skipper, MS Dhoni signed a big bat endorsement deal with Spartan. At that time, the sports equipment maker had also signed a deal with former Australian captain Michael Clarke and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, West Indians Gayle and Russell, England’s Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan, former West Indies great Vivian Richards and Sri Lanka's woman cricketer Sripali Weerakkody.
On Tuesday, Russell using a fancy black bat with a pink handle made by Spartan during the opening match of Big Bash League-6 between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers and hence became the most talked about issues on social media. In the last season of BBL Gayle had used a golden bat made by Spartan.
Russell has been barred from using his colored bat as the match officials complained that his bat was leaving black marks on the ball.
However, as per the regulations of BBL regulations, "a player can use a colored bat as long as it is the same color as their team's primary kit color, or black."
Talking about the use of a coloured bat, Spartan's Merchant said, "We are unsure how Russell's bat had marks on the ball but we have gone to precautionary measures and quality control to make sure that it is completely covered so that at no time will the ball come in contact with any color."