World’s biggest bat tours Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi firm has sent what it says is the world’s biggest cricket bat on a signature tour to drum up support for the national team at the Caribbean World Cup, a company official said on Thursday.

The 22m-long bat has been signed by thousands since its began its nationwide journey from the northern city of Rangpur on Wednesday, said Tariq bin Azam, public relations manager of the Akiz Group.

“It’s the world’s biggest bat and we hope to gather at least one million signatures wishing good luck to the Bangladesh cricket team in the World Cup,” he said.

He added that the bat is bigger than one made by an Indian company for the last World Cup in 2003.

The firm said the signing tour will end on March 23 at the southern city of Cox’s Bazar.

Bangladesh launch their third World Cup campaign starting on Saturday against India in Trinidad and Tobago.

The team scored a upset victory over powerful New Zealand in a warm-up match and maintained a winning record in the run-up to the World Cup. — AFP

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