Cricket-Brazil's answer to cricket bat shortage? Make their own!


  • Cricket
  • Saturday, 22 May 2021

Luiz Roberto Francisco and Matt Featherstone give bats as a gift to the brothers Bernardo and Breno Bagatin Passoni, at the factory in Pocos de Caldas, Minas Gerais state, Brazil May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

POCOS DE CALDAS, Brazil (Reuters) - When Brazil's rapidly growing cricket programme threatened to run out of bats, the solution was both simpler and harder than anyone anticipated: make your own.

Matt Featherstone, the former England amateur cricketer who is now president of Cricket Brazil, approached carpenter Luiz Roberto Francisco with a traditional bat made of English willow and asked him if he had the wood or the expertise to make something similar.

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