Binna: Bangladesh’s ‘cricket bat village’ ...

Dhaka, Thursday   29 October 2020

Binna: Bangladesh’s ‘cricket bat village’ 

 Emon Chowdhury, Pirojpur

 Published: 07:29 PM, 21 September 2020   Updated: 07:30 PM, 21 September 2020

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

It is often said that cricket is close to religion in the Indian subcontinent, though Bangladesh has been added in late to the famous game by producing  Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe bin Mortaza in that arena the country's name is being spread all over the world over the past decade.  

If the cricketers of our nation are responsible for carrying out the country's name with pride in the world stage and posting it on the spectators' minds, then it has to be acknowledged that  the endeavour as well as skill of the carpenters  of a remote village "Binna" in Pirojpur's Nesarabad upazila make us proud as they manufacturing the international standard cricket bats, bat is one of the most crucial equipment required to play the beautiful game.  

Though the high-standard bats manufacturing factories can be found at the Uribuniya, Binna, Khejurbari, Jilbari and Katakhali villages  in Nesarabad upazila this industry is plagued with various problems. However, it is to be believed that with the help of the government, the high quality bats of Binna village will be exported all over the world. 

The village "Binna" is located on the bank of river Belua, 5-6 kilometers north-west of Nesarabad upazila headquarter. For almost 30 years in the factories locating in several villages of the upazila have been producing high-standard bats, however, Binna is known as 'Bat Village' as it started manufacturing the cricket bats.

Abdul Latif Bepary, born at Uribuniya village, was said to be the country's first carpenter to produce cricket bats. The production of cricket bats has created working opportunities for thousands of people, both male and female, in the upazila.  

Meanwhile, one of the largest timber markets in Asia is located in this upazila. Besides, due to the abundance of trees and plants, the availability of timber and the low cost of labor have led to the proliferation of bat factories in the upazila.

At first the producers used Gewa wood, which is found in the Sundarbans to manufacture the bats but as the government banned the cutting of Gewa trees in the mangrove forest, the manufacturers switched to kadam (burflower-tree) and hog plum logs, which are very low in quality. 

Following Binna, the factories spread one by one to the villages of Chami, Dubi, Adarsh, Buya, Panchbeki and Aurbunia. The bats made in Nesarabad are in high demand across the country as it is of good quality and cheap while the wholesalers at almost every corner of the country come and buy bats from here.

Two bat manufacturers  Sohail Majhi and Nuru Mollah said, "We will benefit a lot if we stop importing bats from India and Pakistan and buy our bats. Besides, this industry will go a long way." 

Abdul Haque, Nesarabad upazila Chairman, said, "High quality or even international standard cricket bats have been made in Binna village for about 30 years. All kinds of cooperation will be provided by the Upazila Parishad to make this industry more advanced."

Generally, bats of nine different sizes are made at different levels, the respective companies made visually pleasing bats with their stickers. The smallest bat, 0 (zero) in size, of different sizes made in this village is sold for tk 30-35 and the biggest bat in size is sold for tk 300-350.