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Cricket Australia bans Andre Russell from using coloured bats in BBL

Andre Russell failed to create an impact for Sydney Thunders in the opening game of BBL
Andre Russell failed to create an impact for Sydney Thunders in the opening game of BBL

The Australian cricket board has withdrawn the permission granted to West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell for using coloured bats in the ongoing Big Bash League campaign.

Russell used a black coloured bat in the opening game of the BBL while playing for Sydney Thunders against Sydney Sixers after Cricket Australia had granted him permission and he managed just nine runs from seven deliveries.

However, during the game the officials found out that the usage of the black bat had affected the colour of the ball, thereby putting a restriction on the West Indian all-rounder from using such willows in future.

Head of the Big Bash Anthony Everard confirmed the news in a media release and further added that the players will be allowed to use different coloured bats provided it doesn't affect the condition of ball which is subject to approval from Cricket Australia.

“The Match Officials provided feedback to Cricket Australia that the bat used by Andre left black marks on the match ball.

"As a result, we have decided to withdraw our approval for Andre to use the bat that was used last night as the colour solution used by the manufacturer was discolouring the ball.”

“Should Andre, or any other BBL or WBBL player for that matter, wish to use a bat with a different colouring solution to the one used last night that doesn’t result in the discolouration of the match ball, they will be permitted to do so subject to Cricket Australia being satisfied that the bat won’t compromise the integrity of the game, which we believe discolouring the match ball does,” said Everard.

After losing their opening encounter to Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunders will take on Melbourne Renegades next on 22nd December.

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