From now on no one in the Indian national cricket team would not be seen wearing the number 10 jersey worn by legendary Sachin Tendulkar for the highest authority of cricket in India could make the decision of retiring the number 10 jersey.
“As per the rules, BCCI would have to go to ICC for officially retiring a jersey; so, for the time being the team members have been unofficially told that the No 10 jersey will not to be worn during international fixtures,” a source close to the BCCI told TOI Sports.
Few months ago, Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur made his debut wearing the iconic numbered jersey in the one day international series against Sri Lanka. In the aftermath of the situation, both Thakur and BCCI were washed away by criticisms from the fans all over India.
“It’s a very individual choice. If players don’t want to wear a certain number, one can’t force them. ICC might just tell you that a team can’t officially retire a jersey but it would never tell you that it’s mandatory to wear that number,” a BCCI official told PTI.
“The BCCI has not taken any such call (retiring the No.10 jersey). It’s a very informal thing among players. Also you don’t want young players to be abused like it happened with Shardul Thakur,” he added.
“It unnecessarily creates controversy and players get criticized. So it’s better to retire the number unofficially. Players, though, can wear it when they play for India ‘A’ or for say a non-international list A match but not during an international,” the source added.