Ricky Ponting’s take on the king-sized bats

The ever-evolving size of the cricket bat, which is as big as the trunk of a tree, has sparked many discussions and talks in order to reduce the size of the same. Australian legend Ricky Ponting is expected to be a part of the next meeting of Marylebone Cricket Club s (MCC) World Cricket Committee. He mentioned that the size of the bat and weight of the willow would be one of the interesting topics to be talked about in the meeting. READ MORE: Video: Ricky Ponting honoured for his enormous contribution at Hobart

Ponting has also appealed for a parameter or a guideline related to the size and weight of the king-sized bats in Test cricket to further draw equilibrium between bat and ball. At present, the laws of cricket only restrict the length and width of the bats but there is no such law which specifies the depth or weight as a result of which they are manufactured from lighter material with massive edges. READ MORE: Eoin Morgan disagrees with ICC’s view on bat sizes

Ponting further quipped saying these bats shouldn t be allowed against the red ball and was satisfied with it being used in shorter formats.

The former Australian captain was quoted in a report from ESPNcricinfo saying, I don t know how they are doing it to make the size of bats they are making now. The modern day bats and weight in particular it s just a completely different game. Full credit to them. If they are there using them, if there s a better golf club or tennis racquet everyone will use it. It s nothing against the players.”

Ponting also added the fact that the bat’s size shouldn’t be as big as MS Dhoni’s bat. He said, “If you are strong enough to use them that s fine, but you should not get a bat that s bigger in size than (MS) Dhoni s but a whole lot lighter. Chris Gayle s the same. Everyone talks about Chris Gayle s bat size, but it s 3 lbs. He s big enough and strong enough to use it. I only get worried when they are really big and really light.

On the MCC meeting, Ponting said, I think it will happen. I am going in a couple of weeks for a World Cricket Committee meeting and that will be one of the topics talked about. I don t mind it for the shorter versions of the game.

I would actually say you ve got a bat you can use in Test cricket and a certain type of bat you can use in one-day cricket and T20 cricket. The short forms of the game survive on boundaries fours and sixes whereas the Test game is being dominated too much now by batters because the game is a bit easier for them than it was.