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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2020, 11:17:31 PM »

Not that this will mean anything to those staff but I can imagine a saving has been made going from Bairstow to Babar?

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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2020, 09:40:18 AM »

So the official announcement expected at 12.30pm today!
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« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2020, 12:32:26 PM »

Officially announced now. Going to be using the new Blue Maax.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2020, 12:39:27 PM »

Surely in time, they may even have a BA model specially dedicated to him?
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2020, 01:02:12 PM »

Surprised he hasn't got his own model, seems a bit of a missed opportunity - doesn't take more than a few weeks to get new labels printed and implemented after all
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2020, 01:09:31 PM »

Strange times with GN.

Constantly releasing bats than are unavailable to the retailer. No blue maax, no delta, no nhs bat. 🤷‍♂️

Will GN be the first big company to start going alone?

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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2020, 01:11:58 PM »

Strange times with GN.

Constantly releasing bats than are unavailable to the retailer. No blue maax, no delta, no nhs bat. 🤷‍♂️

Will GN be the first big company to start going alone?

There was a very limited release of the NHS bat direct from GN. Same with the delta coming up. Although that isnt from the retailer so not relevant at all, but Ive wrote it now!
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2020, 02:20:47 PM »

I see a pic on Facebook of his 3 bats made by Alex at GN. Getting ready to be shipped to NZ!
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2020, 10:19:43 PM »

Would love to know what GN's market share within the UK bat market is.

Imagine it's not that much, as I can't remember the last time I saw someone play with a GN bat in the Sussex leagues I'm involved with. Could be another Debenhams 5 years from now, hence the Aussie/foreign market focus. Gunn & Moore are really now the manufacturer which fly's the mass British batmaker flag.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2020, 10:35:36 PM »

Would love to know what GN's market share within the UK bat market is.

Imagine it's not that much, as I can't remember the last time I saw someone play with a GN bat in the Sussex leagues I'm involved with. Could be another Debenhams 5 years from now, hence the Aussie/foreign market focus. Gunn & Moore are really now the manufacturer which fly's the mass British batmaker flag.

I think GN still do pretty well amongst private school kids. See quite a lot of them in the hands of juniors at the more well-heeled clubs in our league.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2020, 11:12:43 PM »

They've got a lot of contracts with private schools/minor counties/clubs for teamwear - it's usually on a minimum 2/3 year contract with a discount off GN equipment included with the club shop, definitely seems like they're pushing direct to consumer over retailers, albeit using the teamwear club shops as a cover
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #41 on: December 02, 2020, 08:16:57 AM »

Would Azam be considered cheap at $100,000 per year? Someone like de Villiers is getting $500,000 per annum from MRF despite rarely playing in recent years.
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #42 on: December 02, 2020, 02:54:57 PM »

I still see a lot of GN equipment in league cricket - probably more so than GM - and they seem to have a sizeable presence in the teamwear market (my club doesn't use GN teamwear but in my view they have the best overall range of white playing kit, off the shelf coloured kit and training wear).  Overall though the bigger brands do seem to me to have a reducing market share as smaller brands can exposure through social media that never used to be possible

50k p.a. does seem cheap for a player of Barbar Azam's ability compared to players of a similar stature but then i assume that not being able to play in the IPL most effect that
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2020, 06:51:52 PM »

There was a very limited release of the NHS bat direct from GN. Same with the delta coming up. Although that isnt from the retailer so not relevant at all, but Ive wrote it now!


I waited for GN to release this bat in the UK for so long that i eventually got bored and had to order it from GCCC in Australia. Not sure why its so tough to get stickers made up or bats made? Maybe logistical issues due to COVID-19?
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Re: Babar Azam joins Gray Nicolls
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2020, 07:43:11 PM »


I waited for GN to release this bat in the UK for so long that i eventually got bored and had to order it from GCCC in Australia. Not sure why its so tough to get stickers made up or bats made? Maybe logistical issues due to COVID-19?

The delta? Theyve been teasing it for a long long time like. It went on sale today either way, only 20 I think.
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