Cricket's hallowed V-neck sweater relegated to history in the UK
London, Apr. 18 : Another hallowed cricket tradition has taken a fall.
The woollen V-necked sweater, baggy and bearing mysterious stains, which has been a part of cricket at all levels since the early days, has been replaced by the figure-hugging ClimaCool, a man-made fibre said to push sweat away from cricketersâ€™ skin.
The ClimaCool is the latest fad introduced in cricket, the others being matches that can be completed in three hours, cheerleaders, players auctioned to the highest bidder and pink balls.
â€śEngland will be cooler, drier and more comfortable than ever before,â€ť The Times quoted Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, as saying.
â€śWith this kit, England will be the best-equipped team in the world.â€ť
Michael Vaughan, Englandâ€™s Test captain, said: â€śThe cricket sweater has been my bugbear for many a year. This new fabric will give us a lighter feel. Even if itâ€™s a little cold, I am delighted to see the end of the last woolly sweater.â€ť
However, former England captain, Bob Willis, said the old sweater was â€śa very important piece of kitâ€ť for fast bowlers.
â€śIn cold weather, when youâ€™d finished bowling ten overs and were dripping with perspiration, it would keep you cool,â€ť he said.
John Woodcock, the venerable former cricket correspondent of The Times and former Editor of Wisden Cricketersâ€™ Almanack, said that he was sorry to see another tradition go. â€śI have the fondest memories of old-style sweaters,â€ť he said.
There will be some dismay at another innovation -- the idea that cricket whites should be white.
Traditionally, cricketers have worn off-white or cream-coloured trousers, but the new England kit is what paint manufacturers would call brilliant white, with red piping. (ANI)