Cricket Bat Care Guide

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
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 
cases.) 


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 


Surface cracks


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.


Edge Cracks

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 
bat. 


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.


Warranties 


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 
replaceable.


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 

REPLACEABLE. 


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. 

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