Crickets longest format has always been played in play whites or creams ever since the first match between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877. However the two could be set to break with 142 years of tradition by instead wearing names and numbers on the backs of their shirts during their summer’s Ashes.
Reported by sources that wish to remain anonymous, the proposal from the England and Welsh Cricket Board and Cricket Australia is yet to be signed off by the ICC board. Yet it looks likely that Edgbaston Test from August 1 (the inaugural match to be played under the auspices of the ICC’s new World Test Championship) will be the first to feature the new change.
A recent survey by MCC showing that 86% of 13,000 respondents consider Test cricket their favorite format to watch,yet the ICC is keen to market and promote it further via its new Test Championship.
The ICC deems the addition of names and numbers on whites will make it easy to identify the players on the field.
Addition of squad numbers also will help build players brands while the replica shirt market may also be boosted as a result. Players can expect to choose their squad numbers from 1 to 99 and will likely merge these up against their existing ones for limited-overs formats.
It is widely expected that the Indian team will not use two specific jersey numbers in Test cricket no 10 which was used by Sachin Tendulkar in limited overs and even possibly No 7 used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
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