Former umpire Bird criticises move to do away with traditional cricket sweaters

April 18th, 2008 - 1:37 pm ICT by admin  

London, Apr.18 (ANI): Former International Cricket Council (ICC) elite umpire Harold `Dickie Bird has criticised the England and Wales Cricket Boards (ECB) decision to do away with the traditional woollen V-neck woollen sweater.
In an article for The Times, Bird said that he still is a big believer in the old-style woollen sweaters, which he described as magnificent, and made you look like a proper cricketer and were very warm and comfortable as well.
Bird further went on to say that the tradition of a young cricketer being given his county sweater was important, like being given your county cap.
I remember when I was given my first Yorkshire sweater in 1956, I felt tremendously proud. Ive still got it, which is a sign of how well made they were. Ive got my old Leicestershire sweater, too, with the wonderful yellow fox on the front, Bird said.
As an umpire, I valued the warmth that sweaters gave me. Players would give them to me to hold while they bowled and sometimes I would look after them for a while. I used to have several sweaters about my person, wrapped round my waist or hanging from lapels on my jacket, he added.
Its sad that such traditions are going out of the game, said Bird who played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire and umpired in 66 Test matches. (ANI)

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