Pro T20 Cricket Bat Guide
All Pro T20 cricket bats are made of soft fibrous piece of willow possessing its own individual
characteristics. The playing life of your bat relates directly to the preparation (Knocking In), Maintenance
and care of the bat throughout its life. We have put together the following guidelines to assist you in
getting the best out of your bat. Please be advised that, it is absolutely necessary that a bat must be well
taken care of. Avoiding or ignoring smallest of the details can cause various problems to your bat.
Choosing a Bat
When looking at a new bat, balance or pick up of the bat is most important point to note. It is the
balance and pick up of the bat, which really counts in play rather than its weight on weighing scale.
Knocking In is the process by which the fibers of the willow in the face and edges are compressed and
knitted together to form a strong outer resistance and a shield to the impact of cricket ball. The Knocking
–In process should be done carefully and thoroughly as the life and the performance of your cricket bat is
determined by it to a large extent.
Step I The bat should be struck on its face and edges using ball mallet or quality old ball. Increase the
force gradually until the blow is as hard as a ball hits in a game.
Step II Use the bat in nets or to hit short catches with an old quality ball. This step should perform for at
least two hours. Then test the bat against newer quality balls. If there are seam marks or dents
One must return to step I for further knocking. However if there are no seam marks on the blade then it
is ready for use in matches.
(The bat should be properly knocked-In for at least 10 days before its use in match, not applicable in all
Oiling the bat (Natural faced bats)
After a period of use a bat may start to show signs of dryness making some of the surface cracks
protrude. When this happens just give the bat light sanding removing extra dirt from the surface. Then
apply very light coating of raw-linseed oil or special cricket bat oil onto hitting areas of the blade. Allow
the bat to lie horizontally. Another two coatings of the oil on the bat should be sufficient. The main
purpose of oiling is to maintain moisture levels within the blade.
Maintenance of cricket bat
These are small cracks, which appear on all bats after a period of use. Their appearance on a new bat is
direct result of the bat being under prepared i.e. not properly knocked-in or may be due to use of low
quality, hard cricket balls. All bats will show surface cracks, THIS IS NORMAL. The main aim of knocking
is to delay these cracks for as long as possible.
These cracks are not results of faulty workmanship or defective willow. They appear due to
use of under prepared bat or mistimed strokes during the play. Sometimes such strokes are unavoidable
and therefore it is wise to take precautions. Both the above problems can be minimized by application of protective sheets to face and edges of the
Cracking of the Toe
All bats are designed for the ball to be hit 12cms to 20cms from the bottom, and within the sweet spot of
the blade. Toe is not as thick as the sweet spot of the bat and is hence more prone to damage.
Striking of a ball at the base of the bat could causes cracking of the toe hitting a Yorker. Such damaged
caused must be immediately treated with application of some strong fast drying glue.
The warranty offered by THE CRICKET BAT MANUFACTURERS is a gesture of goodwill towards their
customers that results in replacement or repair of a bat at a good price. It should be noted that all cricket
bats are made of soft fibrous piece of willow, it is expected that the condition of a bat will deteriorate
during its usage. We at Pro T20 try to put our efforts best to offer you the cricket bats that are much
more than the very best. One must note that because all natural materials go into making of a bat and
due to impacts incurred during the play no manufacturer actually gives warranty against damage or
breakage of a cricket bat. We have put together the following situations that may occur during the
lifespan of any cricket bat.
Damage to the Blade A bat is designed for the ball to be hit 12cms to 20cms from the bottom, and within
the sweet spot of the blade. Mistimed or Mis-hit strokes can cause damaged to the edges and toe. Such
bats are NOT REPLACEABLE and are repairable at Company's discretion.
Surface Cracks Such cracks are not result of faulty workmanship or defective willow. This is caused due
to general wear and tear during the usage. All bats will show surface cracks, THIS IS NORMAL.
Such bats are not replaceable but repairable at Company's discretion. Such problems can be minimized
by application of protective sheets to the face and edges of the bat.
Cracking of the Toe Cracking of the toe is caused by striking of a ball at the base of the bat i.e. hitting a
Yorker or due to playing on wet surfaces or by using low quality hard balls. Such bats are not
Cracking of the Shoulder Such damage is caused due to general wear and tear of the bat during its
usage. Such bats are not replaceable but are repairable at company's discretion.
Handle breakage of handle may occur due to general wear and tear or due to striking of the ball during
play. The handle is repairable or replaceable at manufacturer’s discretion, but bat itself is not replaceable.
Damage due to Dampness Playing in wet conditions can result in layered cracks and swelling of the toe
area, which can cause splitting of the toe on drying. Such bats are repairable but not replaceable.
Breakage of the blade Breakage of the new bat during play (Even after following the prescribed
guidelines for preparing the bat for use) is potentially replaceable at company's discretion.
Breakage of the blade due to misuse such bats are repairable at the customers cost and are NOT
Damage due to use of low quality cricket balls Low quality hard cricket balls can cause severe damage to
the bat. Such bats are NOT REPLACEABLE and are repairable at manufacturer’s discretion.
All such bats should be given to your dealer you originally purchased the bat from, who shall then
forward the same for examination to the factory.