The International Cricket Council [ICC] on Monday announced that it is mulling some changes to Test cricket in order to make the longest format of the game more appealing to the fans.
"As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship," ICC's announced on its official Twitter handle.
The effort is being made in order to increase its appeal to the younger generation and names and numbers will feature in Test cricket for the first time during this year's Ashes between England and Australia.
However, the concept is not old as it has already been in practice for a long time in English and Australian domestic circuit.
Here is the list of other changes that the official international body of cricket proposed:
As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship. pic.twitter.com/XnvantQfc9— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
In further changes ahead of the World Test Championship, the tradition of the coin toss will be replaced by a @Twitter poll, allowing fans at home to decide who bats and bowls! pic.twitter.com/7wOuB8psZJ— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
Should the temperature reach 35°C, the ICC's updated playing conditions will allow all Test players the option to wear shorts ☀🌡 pic.twitter.com/TEFHahhPkL— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
In a move to bring fans even closer to the sport, broadcasters will have the option to position commentators on the field of play behind the slips cordon 🎙 pic.twitter.com/l8FMdFcCZ9— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
After taking a catch, the fielding team will be permitted to complete a 'Double Wicket Play' by running out the other batsman ✌ pic.twitter.com/1XN6rAT9lD— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
Two minor changes will be made to cricket terminology with no balls and dot balls to henceforth be known as 'Faults' and 'Aces'. pic.twitter.com/3gFdhO4c59— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
Runs scored in the evening session of day/night Tests will count double, creating a new and exciting strategic element 🌙✖2️⃣ pic.twitter.com/Hqzzwe8sbY— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
And finally, should teams be level on the World Test Championship table, the first tie-breaking criteria will be 'Away Runs.'— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2019
So which of these initiatives are you most looking forward to? 🤔#CricketNotAsYouKnowIt pic.twitter.com/HHxUvxdv7k
We urge you to keep in mind today's date, however.