Ricky Ponting calls for regulation, modern-day bats to be banned from Test cricket


New Delhi: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has called for regulation of the bat’s weight and size to ensure greater balance of it with the ball, especially in Test cricket. Meanwhile he said, he will take up the matter at the next meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club's world cricket committee at Lord's early next week.

I don't know how they are doing it to make the size of bats they are making now," Ponting was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "The modern day bats and weight in particular — it's just a completely different game. If they are there use them, if there's a better golf club or tennis racquet everyone will use it. It's nothing against the players.

"If you are strong enough to use them, it is 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 Gayle's bat size, but it's 3½ lbs. He's big enough and strong enough to use it. I only get worried when they are really big and really light."

However, rules say that only length and width of cricket bats are limited; not depth or weight. Ponting the two time World Cup winning captain also added that his concern is related to Test cricket; since limited-overs cricket revolves around boundaries.