Test cricket to see names and numbers on back of jerseys
The 2019 Ashes series in England could inflict another radical change to the traditional format, with the game’s governing body is considering to introduce player names and numbers on Test match whites.
The International Cricket Council confirmed the initiative on Tuesday as they want players to become more easily identifiable.
Cricket Australia have reportedly been in the process of introducing numbered Test shirts for the Australian Ashes side in August. These changes have also been proposed for the ICC Test Championship which begins with the Ashes.
The inaugural ICC World Test Championship will start in July 2019 with a final in June 2021 and feature nine of the 12 Test playing nations, excluding Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Since the inception of Test cricket in 1877, players have always worn plain white colored clothes.
However, English and Australian players have names and numbers behind their jerseys in their domestic Cricket leagues since 2003.
As per the criteria, a player can choose any number from 1 to 99. However, the players will more likely stick to their limited-overs jersey numbers.
Saying about the changes, Australian Test star Travis Head as quoted by cricket.com.au, “It doesn’t bother me in the slightest, and I think if it helps the fans then that’s a good thing.”
“That’s why they brought it into Shield cricket, so that people could identify players they probably don’t see all that often, especially now with games being live-streamed,” Head said.
“Obviously, the detail in the television coverage these days is pretty good, so I guess this is aimed more at people who are at the ground,” he said.
Adding numbers to shirts takes nothing away from the game and adds to the spectators experience. No idea why there are so many negative comments here. Test cricket is a modern day sport, not some civil war re-enactment… https://t.co/yxqUZ6efxz
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 18, 2019
It’s not like they’ve made a decision to play test cricket with 5 stumps at each end and a tennis ball. It’s names and numbers!!! Heaven help crowds knowing who is where or a kid wanting a shirt with his hero on the back!!! 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/DKPx2Atq46
— Charles Dagnall (@CharlesDagnall) March 18, 2019
I’m fine with this. We’ve had it in Sheffield Shield for years. Just don’t let the players borrow someone else’s shirt. Or let them choose self-indulgent numbers (hello Mr 333) https://t.co/D6rPmxlitj
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) March 18, 2019
Watching people get in a state over numbers and names on shirts, kind of makes me want it more. I mean honestly, Test cricket has bigger problems, than things that might actually improve the viewer’s experience https://t.co/blPKLRFTDr
— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) March 18, 2019