My point is that there is no such thing as a men’s bat or a women’s bat according to the rules of cricket. There are smaller bats, larger bats, heavier ones and lighter ones. Lighter bats have been doing the rounds before women’s cricket became popular; even with men’s cricket, some prefer lighter bats, some heavier.
Adult cricket bats are somewhat larger than children’s cricket bats – this is understandable since children are smaller in size and larger bats will be more difficult to handle. Women generally use lighter cricket balls which is why most women cricket bat models are a tad smaller to match the size of the ball and to maximise speed and ...
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The ball is lighter (5oz compared to 5.5oz), the bats are lighter, but the boundaries are the same. Why not bring the boundary rope in a little on those big county grounds? Would the women want this? Also of interest, while the Laws of Cricket specify a dimension and weight of the ball for women, they offer no specifications at all for the bat.
Women, and girls 13 and over - 4 15⁄16 to 5 5⁄16 oz (140 to 151 g) by weight and 8 1⁄4 to 8 7⁄8 in (210 to 225 mm) by circumference. The lighter and smaller ball is the main reason why we get to see greater swing and seam in women’s cricket.
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Earlier this week, Indian batswoman Jemimah Rodrigues and New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine had suggested ways, including shorter pitches, smaller balls, to boost the popularity of women’s cricket, at the "ICC 100% innovation" webinar.
The ball is slightly lighter, bowling is a little slower and the shots have less power. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I think women's cricket is doing quite well at forging an identity separate to the men's game, but that's almost certainly what you were noticing.
However the women are expected to fit more overs per hour. 17 overs per hour instead of 15. In men's cricket there should be 90 overs a day. In Women's Cricket there should 100 overs each day. The weight of the ball in women's cricket must be in between 4 15⁄16 to 5 5⁄16 ounces(139.98 to 150.61 grams).