Bamboo cricket bats are stronger, offer a better 'sweet spot' and deliver more energy to the ball than those made from traditional willow, tests conducted by the University of Cambridge show. Bamboo could, the study argues, help cricket to expand faster in poorer parts of the world and make the sport more environmentally friendly.
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The use of bamboo in cricket bats is termed 'illegal' under current laws by the MCC, but the body has said in a statement it welcomes the exploration of alternatives to the willow blade.
November 9th, 2021. 14:43:03 IST. Agartala: Tripura has emerged as the front-runner in manufacturing cricket bats made of bamboo, which, some experts believe, is a more sustainable option than the traditional willows. With the new alternative having caught the fancy of the cricketing world, the northeastern state, which grows the grass in abundance, is planning to cash in on the opportunity with bamboo bats manufactured indigenously, by means of a unique glue-board technology.
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Tripura's Bamboo and Cane Development Institute (BCDI) and the North East Centre of Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) claims to have created the country's first-ever bamboo-made cricket bat,
Cricket has been bowled a googly by scientists who have suggested the traditional willow used to make bats could be replaced by bamboo to increase their sustainability and boost the sport’s reach.
By Tom Almeroth-Williams. Bamboo cricket bats are stronger, offer a better ‘sweet-spot’ and deliver more energy to the ball than those made from traditional willow, tests showed. Bamboo could help cricket expand faster in poorer parts of the world and make the sport more environmentally friendly.