Here's an update.
Wrapped bat in bin bag and duct tape and bat arrived safely without a scratch! Had to hand it to large luggage section at Heathrow. Didnt have to pay no extra charges.
Friend was delighted. Kashmir willow and a cork ball bat. I told him about a V County for £40 I had seen and he told me they sdll for Tk 12k in Dhaka... costs more in BD and he knows more thsn me being a professional cricketer about bats