Window of more commercially opportunities is set to open on players’ Test kits. To begin with The Ashes series, that will mark the beginning of the ICC World Test Championship cycle with the start of the first Test on August 1, players from Australia and England will have their names and jersey numbers printed on the white flannels.
The change is implemented four months after the ICC has given a nod to print the name and number on Test players jerseys.
England Cricket official Twitter handle has confirmed the jersey number of team’s Test match skipper Joe Root and wrote. The first look of the jersey was released on the official twitter handle @englandcricket. “Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts,” read the caption of the tweet0.
Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts! ???????? pic.twitter.com/M660T2EI4Z
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 22, 2019
Earlier this year, there were reports that Ashes series between England and Australia would bring in the modernization of cricketing kits. Cricketing fans on Twitter seemed divided on this development in Test cricket and made their voices heard on the social-networking platform.
“Absolutely no problem with numbers 1 to 11 etc but can’t see the benefit of names or random high numbers on shirts. I guess it’s all to do with increasing merchandise sales hoping a name will sell more. @YorkshireCCC” wrote one fan.
“Names r okay bt never got the idea about these random numbers in cricket…could still live with it in ODIs n T20s bt spare tests…names r fine bt w/o numbers @ICC,” another fan tweeted.
On July 14, England scripted history as they managed to win their maiden 50-over World Cup and the side will look to continue their winning momentum going. England will take on Ireland in a one-off four-day Test from July 24 and then the team will face Australia in the Ashes, beginning August 1.