With an estimated 2.5 billion fans globally, cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. Having originated in 16th century England, the sport spread to several English colonies where it remains widely revered to this day. With such a large following comes the need for cricket equipment—especially cricket bats.
In Sialkot, Pakistan, MB Malik Sports has been fabricating handmade cricket bats out of imported English willow—with the handles being made of cane imported from Singapore—using some machinery and handcrafted labor since 1964.
In this episode of “MADE HERE,” we take you though the cricket bat production process starting with turning a raw piece of wood into a beautifully finished product ready for play.
From whittling, shaving, and sanding the wood down, the art of making cricket bats requires precision and a discerning eye to make sure all angles and curves are perfect. Once the bats have been shaped and the handles have been attached, they’re ready for branded stickers and worldwide shipping.
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