You’ve seen the Indian and Australian teams sport different-looking kits for the white-ball matches on this tour. Now get ready to see the teams in a new avatar in the longest format as well.
Cricket has gone through a lot of changes since its inception - from red ball cricket, to white ball and now the pink ball. Even with the clothing, it started with nankeen breeches and singlets before the traditional whites and coloured jerseys entered the game.
With the growth of business around the sport, limited-overs cricket saw a rise in branding, and multiple sponsor badges started appearing on jerseys since the late 1990s. On this ongoing tour down under, India wore the 1992 retro kit, albeit with additional logos of the current team sponsors.
While that’s become the norm with coloured kits in international cricket, the Test match jerseys remained relatively untouched until recently, with only an upper right chest sponsor and an arm sponsor allowed in the format.
In 2019, the International Cricket Council implemented the use of player names and numbers on the back, but now, the governing body has allowed teams to place a sponsor badge on the front of the jersey as well.
This temporary call was taken by the ICC as a measure to help cricket boards recover from revenue losses in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"A logo, not exceeding 32 square inches in size, may be placed on the chest of the Test match shirt and sweater in addition to the three other logos allowed as per regulations."
The jersey that the India and Australia ‘A’ teams wore for their three-day warm up game in Sydney, gave us a glimpse at the new-look kits.
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The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) confirmed this development as one of the interim changes to its playing regulations in June this year.
The call came just before the West Indies v England series and now we will see India and Australia don the new jerseys for the first time in history when the two teams lock horns in the Test series starting in Adelaide on December 17.