Cricket bat weight is measured in different units in different parts of the world. In United Kingdom, the cricket bats are measured in pounds and ounces where as in India they are measured in grams. Now we are not here to judge which system is better, but the purpose of this post it to draw connections between these two different units.
Cricket as you very well know is a British colonial sport. Britishers brought cricket wherever they ruled. So countries like Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, The Caribean islands and of course the Indian subcontient do have a lot of influence of British metric system. In pretty much all walks of life britishers used metric system to weigh anything except the cricket bat for which they decided to take other route.
A cricket bat in england is measured in pounds and ounces and pretty much in the rest of the cricketing world as well. Here are some numbers for bat weights.
A typical short handle cricket bat ranges from 2.7 to 3.2 pounds. But it is not as simple as it looks. The digit after the decimal is an ounce and not a fraction of pound. Hence when we see a cricket bat 2.7 , that usually means it is 2 pounds and 7 ounces and not 2.7 pounds. Now 16 ounces make a pound. Hence a 2.7 bat would be 39 ounces , 2.8 would be 40 ounces and so on. A 3 pounder giant would be a 48 ounces of a cricket bat.
In India things are slightly different. The bat manufacturers started weighing the bats in grams and disregarded the pounds and ounces system. A typical short handle cricket bat would be between 1110 grams to 1400 grams. Usually a cricket bat between 1100 to 1210 grams range is considered as a lightweight cricket bat, a bat weighing between 1210 grams to 1270 grams is a medium weight and anything above belongs to heavy weight category.
When we have to draw a co-relation between an ounce and grams, one ounce makes 28.34 grams. So a 2 pounds and 7 ounce cricket bat which is 39 ounces is 1105 grams which is a lightwight cricket bat.
Many a times, we get requests from clients that they want a light weight cricket bat either 2.7 or 2.8 pounds, but in reality it is 1250 grams to 1270 grams which is medium to heavy. Hence it is very important to know the units before you order. 2.7 pounds is 1224 grams which actually is 2 pounds and 12 ounces. The safest would be to check the cricket bats in metric units which is in grams to avoid any confusion or be aware of the fact that when you order, you order bats in pounds and ounces and not in dead pounds.
The entire chart of how pounds and ounces connect to grams is metioned below.
2 pounds 7 ounces - 1105 grams
2 pounds 8 ounces - 1134 grams
2 pounds 9 ounces - 1162 grams
2 pounds 10 ounces - 1190 grams
2 pounds 11 ounces - 1218 grams
2 pounds 12 ounces - 1246 grams
2 pounds 13 ounces - 1275 grams
2 pounds 14 ounces - 1304 grams
2 pounds 15 ounces - 1332 grams
3 pounds - 1360 grams
We sincerely hope this resolves any confusion anyone has when it comes to cricket bat weight.