As we discussed in cricket ball manufacturing the international cricket council had shown the guidelines for the cricket bat manufacturing. As per the rules of cricket the length of cricket bat should not more than 38 inches, the width should not more than 4.25 inches, overall depth not more than 2.64 inches and edge is not more than 1.56 inches.
Now in the modern cricket the umpires got the bat gauge for checking bat loyality at any time. So now it’s mandatory for the players to accept the rules of international cricket council. The cricket bat is made by using willow wood and cane. The cane is used for the making the handle of the bat and willow is used for the making blade of the bat. The willow wood has specification that absorb the shock. When ball is hit hard to bat when it comes high speed. The willow wood absorb that shock.
For cricket bat manufacturing the cricket bat goes from various phases to manufacture best quality bats. From planting the willow trees to playing cricket at the ground different steps are included in manufacturing process. In India there are two main bat making woods Kashmir willow and English willow.
Step 1:- Plating willow trees and cane
In cricket bat manufacturing the main raw material used is wood. And the main wood used in cricket bat manufacturing is willow wood because of shock absorbing specification of wood. The willow trees are planted in wet areas. The mature trees are taken for manufacturing the bat. The average age of tree to get mature is 15 years to 35 years. When the trees is cut for the manufacturing of bat. 2 new trees are planted on cutting old tree. The manufacturing the bat is eco-friendly in nature.
The next part is to plant cane. Cane is the perennial plants in the grass family. Cane is important in cricket bat manufacturing. The handle of the bat is made of cane.
Step 2:- cutting trees
When willow trees get mature for manufacturing the willow trees are cut in proper ways as per the guidelines and dimensions of icc. After cutting trees the shape given to the cut parts. And then for drying the blades the blades are kept in drying rooms. This process takes 6 months. The handle is made by cane is assemble using rubber and wooden glue.
Step 3:- assembling blades and handle
After cutting the trees and removing the moisture from the blades of the cricket bat the next part is to add handle and blade together. The handle is added in blades cut part to some specific length. And then again shape is given to the blades by the workers using the machines. This requires high skilled workers
Step 4:- shaping to shoulders and handle
After assembling the cricket bats handle and the blades the next step is to giving shape to the shoulders and the handle of the bat. First the shoulders and handles shape is given by fine pressing and then round shape is given to the handle of the bat.
Step 5:- sanding
When the bat has been formed and mixed the sanding procedure starts. This is a tedious procedure that utilizes a few evaluations of paper attempting to a fine completion. At last brush sanders are utilized to give a wonderful smooth completion.
Binding means covering the handle of the bat with the finest quality twine. The handle is bound utilizing the best quality twine. The bat is mounted in a machine which is controlled utilizing a foot treadle; the handle is brushed with stick and whipped with the twine which gives quality at the head of the join and all through the length of the handle.
Step 7:- polishing
The cutting edge is then finely shined utilizing a compound wax which finishes and straightens the wood leaving a glossy silk finish. A conventional wooden bat has its surface oiled with crude linseed oil before play, and consistently during the season. This protectively affects the wood, and furthermore makes it less delicate to moistness changes in the environment, which could cause twisting or parting. Another significant factor is that it builds the surface rubbing of the ball to bat surface, offering better control of the chance. A well-used surface can be seen by the player, demonstrating that re-oiling is needed. Raw linseed oil is utilized, instead of bubbled linseed oil, as the crude structure isn’t a drying oil in a similar way, thus the surface stays shabby.
Step 8:- labeling, Gripping and knocking-in
After such a process next step is branding. In branding the sticker is stacked to the blade at the upper side of the bat where the handle is placed in blade. The various stickers of the companies stacked on the blade as per the players. After labeling the rubber is covered over the handle of the bat for better grip of the handle
Knocking-in is important point in manufacturing bat this process is required for bat to ready to play. This makes blade of the bat stronger.
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