Originally Posted by sureshs
Slazenger makes many bats. I don't follow cricket any more, but from what you are saying, the bat has say a MRF sticker. Since no one can buy a bat from MRF, it is not really a PJ equivalent.
But I have seen bats in shops with the autograph of a player who endorse the bat. In a sense, that is closer to a PJ, as it makes it appear that the player uses the model.
The Slazenger, Kookaburra and other bats are definitely the equivalent of paintjobs.
MRF is a bit different, because they are huge company and don't give a rat's a$s about Cricket equipment market.
You can even buy MRF bats, they sell them in stores simply because there is demand for them. The bats are made by different people than the guy who makes Sachin Tendulkar's bat. I've heard the top batmakers usually work alone or with a couple of apprentices somewhere in Punjab. There is no way they can meet public demand. Even if they do make bats for the public, you can bet those bats don't get the attention of the main guy.