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Howzatt:  Kashmir bats debut in women’s international cricket; four WI players use local willow 

April 18, 2024

Srinagar:  Kashmir is on a high after indigenously manufactured willow bats made a debut at women’s international cricket today

A bat manufactured by GR8 Sports’ India Pvt. Ltd was used by West Indies woman player Aaliyah Aleyne against Pakistan today. She scored 17 runs off 18 balls. Shamillia Connell Zaida James, Qiana Joseph, and others have signed an agreement with GR8 to use Kashmiri bats

This milestone follows the impressive performance in the ICC T20 Cricket World Cups 2021, and 2022 editions, and the ODI World Cup 2023. During the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, a bat crafted by GR8 Sports led to the longest hit six of the tournament, showcasing the exceptional quality and performance of their products.

GR8 Sports’ cricket bats and equipment will be seen in action. International Cricketers of West Indies Women’s Team against Pakistan during their Pakistan Tour comprising of 3 One-day Internationals and 5 T20 Internationals.

“This achievement is a testament to the relentless hard work, expertise, and craftsmanship combined with the utilization of AI-based cutting-edge technology at GR8 Sports. We have always believed in pushing boundaries and setting new standards in cricket equipment manufacturing,” Fawzul Kabiir, Managing Director of GR8 Sports, said.

The debut of our Kashmir willow bat in Women’s International Cricket not only underscores its superior performance but also serves as a myth buster in the cricketing world. It disproves the misconception that Kashmir willow bats are heavier or inferior to English willow bats, highlighting our commitment to excellence, he further added.

GR8 Sports’ Kashmir willow bats have gained significant recognition for their outstanding quality, durability, and performance. The appearance of these bats in elite cricketing events marks a major milestone for the company, solidifying its position as a leader in the cricket bat industry.

“This is an answer to the critics worldwide who have been spreading lies about the Kashmir Willow being heavier and a misfit for International Cricket. With our relentless hard work and research, we have not only made Cricket bats lighter ranging from 2.4 lbs to 2.5 lbs but ensured that the ping, balance, and stroke is matchless and better than its counterpart,” he said.

Highlighting the commitment towards the global cricketing arena, Kabiir said they are proud to create a best-in-class niche in the cricket bat industry, and they remain dedicated to providing cricketers worldwide with the finest equipment that enhances their game.

“It isn’t only the wood, handle, or sticker that makes a professional Cricket Bat but craftsmanship, expertise, adherence to ICC Standards, understanding batters’ needs, playing conditions, Batting order, and Innovative Patented Techniques and Technologies that make a Professional Cricket Bat,” he said.

Kabir said It took them 14 years of R&D to craft the Kashmir Willow Wood into a Professional Cricket Bat. “Our relentless hard work and persistent efforts motivated us to make the breakthrough in this area. We could finally innovate a product that belongs to our indigenous industry and has a huge scope to uplift this entire industry of Kashmir, India. It will make us self-sufficient and less reliant on the English Willow imports thereby bringing an impetus to the economy of our Country,” Kabiir said

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