5 THE BAT
5.1 The bat
5.1.1 The bat consists of two parts, a handle and a blade.
5.1.2 The basic requirements and measurements of the bat are set out in this clause with detailed specifications in paragraph 1 of Appendix B.
5.2 The handle
5.2.1 The handle is to be made principally of cane and/or wood.
5.2.2 The part of the handle that is wholly outside the blade is defined to be the upper portion of the handle. It is a straight shaft for holding the bat.
5.2.3 The upper portion of the handle may be covered with a grip as defined in paragraph 1.2.2 of Appendix B.
5.3 The blade
5.3.1 The blade comprises the whole of the bat apart from the handle as defined in clause 5.2 and in paragraph 1.3 ofAppendix B.
5.3.2 The blade shall consist solely of wood.
5.4 Protection and repair
Subject to the specifications in paragraph 1.4 of Appendix B and providing clause 5.5 is not contravened,
5.4.1 solely for the purposes of
either protection from surface damage to the face, sides and shoulders of the blade
or repair to the blade after surface damage,
material that is not rigid, either at the time of its application to the blade or subsequently, may be placed on these surfaces.
5.4.2 for repair of the blade after damage other than surface damage
22.214.171.124 solid material may be inserted into the blade.
126.96.36.199 The only material permitted for any insertion is wood with minimal essential adhesives.
5.4.3 to prevent damage to the toe, material may be placed on that part of the blade but shall not extend over any part of the face, back or sides of the blade.
5.5 Damage to the ball
5.5.1 For any part of the bat, covered or uncovered, the hardness of the constituent materials and the surface texture thereof shall not be such that either or both could cause unacceptable damage to the ball.
5.5.2 Any material placed on any part of the bat, for whatever purpose, shall similarly not be such that it could cause unacceptable damage to the ball.
5.5.3 For the purpose of this clause, unacceptable damage is any change that is greater than normal wear and tear caused by the ball striking the uncovered wooden surface of the blade.
5.6 Contact with the ball
In these clauses,
5.6.1 reference to the bat shall imply that the bat is held in the batsman’s hand or a glove worn on his hand, unless stated otherwise.
5.6.2 contact between the ball and any of 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206
220.127.116.11 the bat itself
18.104.22.168 the batsman’s hand holding the bat
22.214.171.124 any part of a glove worn on the batsman’s hand holding the bat
126.96.36.199 any additional materials permitted under 5.4
shall be regarded as the ball striking or touching the bat or being struck by the bat.
5.7 Bat size limits
5.7.1 The overall length of the bat, when the lower portion of the handle is inserted, shall not be more than 38 in/96.52 cm.
5.7.2 The blade of the bat shall not exceed the following dimensions:
Width: 4.25in / 10.8 cm
Depth: 2.64in / 6.7 cm
Edges: 1.56in / 4.0cm.
Furthermore, it should also be able to pass through a bat gauge as described in paragraph 1.6 of Appendix B.
5.7.3 The handle shall not exceed 52% of the overall length of the bat.
5.7.4 The material permitted for covering the blade in clause 5.4.1 shall not exceed 0.04 in/0.1 cmin thickness.
5.7.5 The maximum permitted thickness of protective material placed on the toe of theblade is 0.12 in/0.3 cm.
5.8 Categories of bat
5.8.1 Type A bats conform to clauses 5.1 to 5.7 inclusive.
5.8.2 Only Type A bats may be used in IPLmatches.