Lee reacts to names and numbers on shirts in Tests
The world cricket body, ICC doesn’t shy away when it comes to making the sport popular than ever before. Once in a while, they held a meeting where they discuss key factors and only after rounds of discussion, they come up with a strategy and implement it in the sport and one of the latest trends which was brought into effect is to let the players sport names and numbers on their white jerseys.
Thought it seems to be an innovative idea to popularise the sport, ICC’s idea may be was not really that good according to many cricket experts, former players. Former Australian pacer Brett Lee was not really pleased with ICC experimenting ways to popularise Test cricket. Lee termed this move as a ridiculous one.
Brett Lee voiced out his opinion a day after Adam Gilchrist, the 42-year-old’s former teammate, termed the latest innovation “rubbish”. Previously this year, the International Cricket Council allowed Test-playing nations to have the players flaunt their names and numbers on their jerseys.
Brett Lee feels that for the first time ICC got their move wrong. “For what it’s worth I’m strongly against the players’ numbers & names appearing on the back of test cricket shirts! I think it looks ridiculous. @ICC I love the changes you’ve made to cricket in general, but on this occasion, you’ve got it wrong,” Lee tweeted.
For what it’s worth I’m strongly against the players numbers & names appearing on the back of test cricket shirts!
I think it looks ridiculous. @ICC I love the changes you’ve made to cricket in general, but on this occasion you’ve got it wrong. #tradition #cleanskin #nonames
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) August 2, 2019
Meanwhile, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also took an indirect dig on the decision. He took to his official Twitter handle to express his opinion. “Should the sweaters have numbers on them too??#ashes2019,” Ashwin tweeted. The ICC move is aimed at popularising the longest format of the game. England and Australia became the first two cricketing nations to wear names and numbers on their jerseys for the first time in the 142-year history of Test cricket.
The English county sides including the Australian state sides playing the Sheffield Shield are used to sporting whites with names and numbers on the back.
However, this is going to be a new experience for the Indian team which will play the two-match Test series of the World Test Championship against the West Indies sporting white shirts with their names and numbers printed on them.