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Test Cricket whites to get name and number

Cricket has evolved leaps and bounds from its earlier avatar with the introduction of shorter formats and league formats like the Indian Premier League. However, cricket’s longest format has stood the test of time and remained more or less unchanged. Test matches have always been played in plain whites or creams, ever since its inception match between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877. The two nations however, might be breaking the 142 year old tradition by wearing names and numbers on the back of their shirts this summer.

The proposal has been put forth by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia and is pending a sign off from the International Cricket Council board. The ICC’s new World Test Championship which will be played on August 1st in Edgbaston will be the first to feature the change once it receives the green signal.

With the attempt to popularize this format of the sport, the ICC believes introduction of names and numbers on whites will certainly make the players more identifiable on the field. Players will be expected to choose their squad numbers from 1 to 99 and the likelihood of them matching it with their existing limited-over format number will be high.

Looks like cricket is finally moving on to think of the patron’s than its viewers. The change will help test cricketers build a stronger identity for themselves. After all, you play for the name on the front of the jersey and they will remember the one on the back!

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