Wasim, Viv, Sachin and Spartan Cricket

Wasim, Viv, Sachin and Spartan Cricket

So aside from being three of the greatest cricketers to ever set foot on the planet, Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram have another thing in common. They are all part of the people that bring the great cricketing equipment and cricket bats from Spartan Cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar

It doesn’t come much bigger than Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to household cricket names. He is the little master, the god of cricket and a cricketing legend. He is now also an investor and an advisor for Spartan Sports and Spartan cricket.

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When you think of Sachin Tendulkar you maybe think of a youngster with a Power cricket bat or an MRF cricket bat or perhaps and Adidas cricket bat but the fact that Sachin Tendulkar has chosen to invest with Spartan cricket speaks volumes for the kind of equipment that Spartan cricket is producing.

Sachins Career

Sachin had one of the most illustrious cricketers any cricketer has ever had, if not the most illustrious. He is in the best position to advise Spartan as to what they will need to do in order to further perfect their cricket bats and cricket gear. This is not only in the realm of making highly regarded cricket bats but also to advise Spartan on how to better the safety of their protective equipment.

Philanthropy

Sachin will also be involved in some of the philanthropic work that Spartan does. Spartan is committed to fanning the flames of cricket fervor in cricket communities around the world while promoting healthy living. There cannot be a better cricket headliner to drive this project than Sachin Tendulkar.

Value

It always a great testimony to a company when advisors see such value in the product they advise on that they are willing to invest and this is certainly the case with Spartan sports equipment and Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is of course following in the wake of MS Dhoni who was one of the first to show his faith in the Spartan brand of cricket bats and cricket equipment by actually using the equipment.

Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the biggest name to be added to the growing list of experts that vouch strongly for Spartan cricket bats and cricket equipment. That is saying a lot when the likes of Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan and the great Viv Richards have come before him.

Viv Richards

Has there ever been a batsman that strolled to the crease with as much swagger as Viv Richards. Viv would nonchalantly and with the greatest measure of ease pop the ball over the boundary for six. Viv Richards never ever got to play T20 cricket as a professional but one would venture to say that he would have been one of the best in the business. While as a player Viv put his trust in Slazenger and Stuart Surridge equipment, Viv Richards is now a strong member of the Spartan sports team.

Marketing

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Sir Viv Richards joined Spartan as a marketing consultant. This was at a similar time to when Spartan announced they were leasing a SVR (Sir Viv Richard) bat, which they did. If Viv Richards was able to deposit the ball over the boundary using the bats he did, then he is no doubt an incredibly valuable asset in the manufacture of modern day cricket bats. Spartan has capitalized on this and have had Sir Viv join their team in this regard.

Going Big

There is a lot to Spartan’s approach to cricket bats as there was to Sir Viv’s approach to batting. Spartan cricket bats have swagger as does all the rest of the Spartan cricket gear and cricket equipment. Perhaps it is because Spartan can recognize that there is value in not only having current players as brand ambassadors but also having the brand statesmanship from illustrious players of the past like Viv Richards.

Chris Gayle

Richards of course is in the company of yet another destructive batsman. This batsman has had the opportunity to play plenty of T20 cricket and that is Chris Gayle. Once again Chris Gayle was one of the early users of Spartan cricket bats, recognizing the dynamic power that Spartan cricket bats have.

A bowler that many batsmen have said to be one of the hardest to face has also joined forces with Spartan and that is Wasim Akram.

Wasim Akram

The Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram is yet another former player that is on the Spartan cricket team. It is hard to think of a bowler past or present that made genuinely fast swing bowling look as effortless as Wasim Akram. A medium sized run-up and a short whip of the wrist and the ball was zeroing in at the stumps at high pace. World Cup 1992 and many more fantastic Yorkers in Tests and ODIs made Wasim one of the best ever. Possibly the inventor of reverse swing bowling.

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Pakistan

As a cricket brand, Spartan is thriving all over the world. Spartan cricket bats are becoming staple cricket bats in the UK, Australia, West Indies and the USA. Some of the strategic brand ambassadors have done wonders for the image of the company in backing up the incredible product that they put out.

The UK

When one thinks of Spartan in the UK one sees Eoin Morgan smashing the ball inside-out over cover. Australia and Spratan of course brings Michael Clarke to mind. India and Spartan stirs images of MS Dhoni and now perhaps the greatest of them all Sachin Tendulakar. West Indies and Spartan arouses pictures of Chris Gayle and his golden Spartan cricket bat or perhaps just Chris Gayle smashing it to all parts.

The Middle East

But cricket is of course a huge element of sporting life in Pakistan and the Middle East. Wasim will be invaluable to growing the consumer base for Spartan cricket equipment in the Middle East and Pakistan. With his knowledge of the game and of course his knowledge of Pakistani cricket, Wasim will be perfectly placed to showcase the brilliance that Spartan cricket equipment has to offer.

In Closing

All-in-all it is quite plain and simple to see as to why Spartan cricket bats and Spartan cricket equipment has become the force that it is in the cricket equipment market. With players like Sachin, Viv, Wasim and others on your team, it is hard to see Spartan losing.

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Spartan Cricket

There are not many cricket brands that have entered the cricket brand market with as much as a bang as Kunal Sharma and his Spartan Brand of Cricket bats.

As much as Spartan has put out a quality line of cricket bats, they have also signed some of the most popular faces on the cricketing planet to pump up their brand. Players like Chris Gayle and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke.

Clarke was always an exponent of Slazenger, always flaunting the latest bat that Slazenger had to flaunt. He then went for a test match or two where his bat was sponsorless and he then emerged on the other end wielding a Spartan Cricket Bat. This is not dissimilar to a another Australian captain, Steve Waugh. Steve Waugh was a Gunn & Moore loyal, wielding most bats they had to offer from the early days of the Diamond. Waugh then went for a few matches with a blank cricket bat and then emerged using an MRF cricket bat.

Spartan to their credit have produced a line of very fine cricket bats. Their bats have a square toe which is to the liking of some cricketers. There is no doubt that Sharma and his Spartan brand will continue to trailblaze when it comes to cricket equipment. The question though is not so much what are they going to come out with next but rather which international player are they going to nab next?

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Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

The Bat.

New to 2014, Puma has released a Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat. With customers in mind, Puma has created this bat to be very similar to its popular Black Edition bat, but slightly less expensive.

The Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

The Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat has a very full profile, with nice large edges and a high spine. It’s an ideal player shape profile with lots of power behind every hit.

Features.

While on the heavier side, the Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat still has a very nice pickup, thanks to the minimal bow and comfortable, slightly oval, handle. A solid piece of wood, bat is available from weights 2:10 to 2:13.

Sweetspot.

The sweet spot on Puma’s Platinum Stealth 2014 cricket bat is comfortably right in the middle. With little to no concaving, it’s a nice wide sweet spot as well. Check your cricket store for exact specs and to feel it out.

Now I’ve mentioned that this bat is very similar to Puma’s Black Edition, and it is. In terms of shape and profile, it’s nearly identical. The difference here is that for the Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat, Puma has used a slightly lower grade English willow, allowing them to lower the cost and pass the savings on to the customer.

Don’t let the lower grade wood bother you; it’s still a great quality Puma bat. Puma has given its Platinum Stealth 2014 cricket bat a nice sleek look with shiny black and silver decals, with a black and silver handle to match.

Even though this bat is more affordable than the black edition, don’t expect it not to sell out. Head over to your favorite local cricket store to pick one up. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out these top brands: Gray Nicolls, Hammer Cricket, Gunn and Moore, Kookaburra, Affinity Cricket and Adidas Cricket. They’re all sure to impress.

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www.cricketstoreonline.com on 5th of july 2012

well nothing much happening thats exciting at cricket store online today. ive packed up a bunch of boxes that needs to be shipped out. Im looking forward to tonights DPL game as well. Things havent gone our way this year but if we win the next two games we could make the playoffs.

Im also really glad i took a chance and ordered 100 new Hammer bat covers and that they are here as im selling bats like hot cakes and im burning through my stash already.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Im also thinking about doing a video next week on how to spot a fake spartan from a real one to help people make informed choices. a valuable lesson i learned from the university  of hard knocks unfortunately. But im better off because of it so i take it as a valuable life lesson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, im a bit disappointed in the response from facebook in connection with the new Morrant batting pads competition. i may have to chuck out a video to let more people know about it.

Cricket store online…Villain or Victim??

Good morning guys.

Ive really spent the last few days thinking hard and consulting a few friends on how to handle this situation and i think after sleeping on it for a few nights i have come to a suitable way on how to handle this situation. The situation is obviously about non authentic cricket bats or aka fake bats.

There are two companies in the middle of the controversy at the moment. Its Spartan cricket and Ihsan cricket with me ( www.cricketstoreonline.com ) sand-whiched in the middle. Im putting my hand up. Yes i did for just a few days try and sell Fake spartan bats on my website BUT i did in all honesty believe these bats were genuine ( although poor quality ) & i would like to point out a few things people who are talking about this issue may not know about or who are just not choosing to give thought to.

Im going to explain how all this went down and where we are sitting right now.

A few months ago i attempted on several occasions to contact Spartan cricket through their website and also by phone but unfortunately i had no luck at all. I never heard back from any of the emails i sent and when i did get them on the phone i was told sorry, i did not have a brick and mortar store and therefore they weren’t willing to sell to me. Even though i explained the situation that im in america and we don’t have walk in cricket stores here they were still not willing to work with me. That was a big blow for me as i pride myself in carrying the latest and greatest cricket gear around. And normally if big brands refuse to sell to me i make sure i make contacts with someone and get their gear through a 3rd party. Unfortunately i couldn’t find anyone in AUS to sell me gear at a reasonable rate as they may all be upset with me for selling my gear to customers in australia. ( trust me i have heard from a few big names down there and have been asked to stop )

Then through one of my CA contacts in pakistan i heard that Ihsan had just secured the contract from Spartan to make their bats in pakistan ( at a cheaper rate than the Indian company that was previously charging them ). ( a fact that has since been proven to be false ).

At this point i would like to make a note. This is a similar situation that happened with Essentials 99. the company that owns boom boom cricket. Ihsan ( to my knowledge ) were making all the boom boom bats but lost the contract for their high end bats and boom boom moved it to india and a few names that have been thrown around are SS and SM Pintu. I understand Ihsan still has the contract to make the low end Boom boom bats.

So, when i was told Ihsan were given the contract i didn’t have any reason to think this was a false claim and as most major cricket companies are moving their operations to india / pakistan to save costs ( GN and Kookaburra, the latest two ) i believed what i was being told. As spartan didn’t seem like the company to return my email ( silly me ) i didn’t bother asking them. I felt Ihsan are a reputable company and i could trust my source. ( silly me again ) I believe those were the mistakes i made on this venture and i sure have learned my lesson.

So i got hold of Ihsan, they sent me a few pics of bats ( which were posted to facebook etc ) and i dropped $2290 USD into western union across to pakistan. Yes thats $381 ea for 6 bats. 3 CG bats and 3 MC bats…. now you may think, ” jason, thats really stupid. why didnt you use a credit card or paypal….well unfortunately working with Pakistan is not that easy and we can get into that in another post one day. anyway the money was gone and the bats were on the way. what come next is my video review on the spartan CG and the spartan MC cricket bats.

So as you can see from the video i was just utterly disgusted with the quality of bats of got from Ihsan. surprisingly about 3 days after that video went viral guess who gave me a call? Yip spartan finally came back to me and explained the situation to me. And the situation is this. They did in fact contract Ihsan to make bats BUT were only contracted to make the very low end kashmir willow cricket bats. So what ihsan were doing was putting the low end stickers onto their top grade english willow, probably the Ihsan 950 inferno and selling them to people around the world as if they were the top grade spartan cricket bats.

Now, also i think i had a couple choices to make when i got those cricket bats in the mail, and no, sending them back was not an option as i did in fact ask for my money back and i was told NO. not an option.  I then had the option of selling these cricket bats at RRP / MSRP ( $600 ) which as you all now know i never did as you can see in the video.  I said right off the bat that i would not rip anybody off and try and sell them for $600 a piece. I believe i did the right thing, sold them at a loss to try and recover the money or some of the money i had lost in the transaction. The option i chose is to do what i do best. be honest and tell people via video review what i honestly feel about the product.  I believed these had come  Via Ihsan but under contract from spartan therefore my anger was directed at Spartan.  i thought the bats were crap for the price and thats what i said in my video.

Since being contacted by spartan we have started negotiations on me stocking their product for the North american market. I am also eagerly awaiting 4 new bats from them to do a new and in depth video review of their products. The bats should be here later this week or early next week.

So you can decide whether cricket store online was the victim in this or i was the villain. I think whilst i made some mistakes people will ultimately realise i am an honest retailer. i tell people the truth about gear rather than just trying to sell bats no matter how shit the stuff is. whilst some people will say im hot headed and stubborn ( and they are probably correct ) i am in fact eager to learn and am still new in this industry. But i am kicking ass and taking names in the process. In my view its ihsan who are the villains here and people should stay away from buying their gear. You probably find Ihsan are behind the majority of the worlds fake cricket gear. I think i am more informed now and a little smarter than i was before this debacle. I do once again apologise to spartan for bad mouthing them when in fact i should of directed my anger at Ihsan for selling Fake cricket bats. shame on them.

I am however happy how this has turned out. Spartan are aware ( early on ) who are selling fake spartan gear and are in the process of sorting that out.

So if you want to find out what i really think of some of the cricket gear out there just head to youtube and type in your search for ( well whatever you want to see ) eg. GM player edition cricket bat etc and remember to search for spartan cricket bats probably early next week when i give a full honest review of what i think of the official genuine spartan cricket bats. thanks for reading.

 

Humbly

jason mellet

www.cricketstoreonline.com