Kashmir Bat Manufacturers sue ‘Shark Tank India’ and Tramboo Sports over misleading claims

The Cricket Bat Manufacturers Association of Kashmir (CBMAK) has initiated legal proceedings against Sony Pictures Networks, the producers of ‘Shark Tank India,’ and Tramboo Sports Pvt. Ltd. The dispute arises from claims made during an episode that aired on January 30, 2024.

CBMAK, recognized as the umbrella organization for all cricket bat manufacturers in the Kashmir valley, has strongly refuted Tramboo Sports’ portrayal as the exclusive manufacturer of Kashmir willow cricket bats. The Association contends that statements made on “Shark Tank India” have misled the public and caused significant harm to the businesses of its members.

Expressing deep concern, CBMAK asserts that these misrepresentations have dealt a “severe blow” to the sales of their members’ bats and have tarnished the reputation of the entire indigenous Kashmiri bat-making industry. Emphasizing the superior quality of bats manufactured by its members, CBMAK claims support from various star cricketers who endorse and use their products.

CBMAK is particularly astonished by the claims made by Tramboo Sports during the January 30, 2024, episode, where they allege that the company falsely presented itself as the sole manufacturer of Kashmir willow bats. 

Seeking resolution, CBMAK, through its legal counsel, has issued a detailed legal notice demanding an on-air apology within 15 days from both Sony Pictures Networks and Tramboo Sports. Additionally, the Association is seeking compensation of one hundred crores for damages, loss, and mental agony suffered.

In response, Tramboo Sports Pvt. Ltd. has stated that the televised pitch on “Shark Tank India” was a brief excerpt from a presentation lasting over an hour, leading to misunderstandings. The company emphasizes its commitment to encouraging business development and contributing to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.