'Mushfiqur no less than Gayle'

The thickness of bats should be reduced by 20mm, says the committee which proposes changes to cricket’s laws. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) world cricket committee says batting has become “too easy”, with bats up to 80mm thick with 55mm edges. [Read in Bangla: গেইলের থেকে কম যান না মুশফিক]


In a statement issued on Tuesday, the committee said they were concerned that the balance “has titled too far in the batsman’s favour”. Manufacturers have been producing thicker bats with ever larger “sweet spots”.

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Khaled Mahmud Sujon, Bangladesh national cricket team’s former captain, now the team manager, said he isn’t taking the proposal by MCC negatively. He said on Thursday, “There may come change, but only after analyzing all the pros and cons of it. Hopefully they will not be unhelpful for the batsmen.”

Sujon, who played 12 Tests and 77 ODIs for Bangladesh as an all-rounder, said in their time batting wasn’t so easy and they had to ‘struggle’ to play big shots.

“In our time, bats didn’t have so much power. Hitting boundary was difficult unless the ball touched the sweet part. For this reason, many a times I had to get out at the boundary line. But now with the bats batsmen are playing, the ratio of being caught at the boundary line is comparatively less,” he said.

According to Sujon, modern bats have brought about a revolutionary change by reducing the differences between big and small players, as muscle power is no more a big thing in hitting big shots. So much so that Mushfiqur Rahim can play some kinds of shots like Chris Gayle.

“Due to the physical shape of the two, there is huge difference between Chris Gayle and Mushfiqur Rahim as far as the power is concerned. But nowadays both are capable of hitting boundaries with much ease. Bats are playing a big role here,” said Sujon.


– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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