Chris Gayle slams ICC crackdown, says 'A big boy needs a big bat'

The International Cricket Council's proposed crackdown on bat sizes has received a strong objection from one of the biggest hitters in the game, Chris Gayle.

By Jayanta Oinam | Updated: Feb 06, 2015, 10:19 AM IST
Chris Gayle slams ICC crackdown, says 'A big boy needs a big bat'

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council's proposed crackdown on bat sizes has received a strong objection from one of the biggest hitters in the game, Chris Gayle.

The West Indies star voiced his dissent over the ICC's propose move, according the report in SMH. The report quoted the opener as saying, "A big boy needs a big bat... People keep saying it has become a batsman's game, but bowlers are becoming more skilful too."

Earlier, ICC chief executive David Richardson blaming the bulging of bats in recent time said the balance between batsman and bowler "may have shifted a bit too much".

“No one begrudges an AB de Villiers, who plays some superb shots," Richardson said. "Him, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, they are exceptionally talented and no one minds if they hit some great shots which go for six. But where some batsmen are mishitting balls and it is just carrying over the rope and going for a six instead of being caught at the boundary, that is what some cricket people believe has become unfair,” he added.

But, Gayle has found an unlikely alien in Brett Lee. The former Australian fast bolwer claimed that "I think that if players like Gayle and Warner are strong enough to lift a bat that heavy, at that speed, then good for them, it makes the game a hell of a lot more exciting."