The gentleman's game is set to witness yet another innovation as all the players may soon have their names and numbers behind their jerseys. This will come into effect from the Ashes series between old foes Australia and England in August just days after the World Cup is over. These changes have also been proposed for the ICC Test Championship which begins with the Ashes.
Test cricket has been the oldest and the longest format of the game dating back to 1877. Since its inception, players have always worn plain white coloured clothes. Even though Cricket has undergone a lot of transformation through the years, the oldest tradition of white coloured clothing has always remained. However, English and Australian players have names and numbers behind their jerseys in their domestic Cricket leagues.
The idea of having names and numbers behind the jerseys of players will be very helpful for the spectators to identify the players while they are on the field. 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.
International Cricket Council (ICC) is trying to come up with various goals, strategies and innovations in order to revive Test cricket. Fans and viewers give more weight to limited overs cricket over Tests. Teams also play Day-Night Tests occasionally so that the interest level in Test Cricket does not dwindle.
The Chairman of ICC Shashank Manohar had recently said that Test cricket is dying and they have come up with the idea of having a World Test Championship just to ensure that it helps in generating interest.