- BCCI has decided to retire the No.10
- The jersey was worn by Tendulkar
- The move was taken after a letter written by the current treasurer
The Board Of Control For Cricket In India paid cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar the highest form of respect and testimony as they decided to retire the No. 10 jersey. The famous jersey which was worn by the master blaster as he broke records after cricketing records will now not be available to be won by any other player. The move comes after current treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry had written a mail to the senior members requesting them to retire the jersey after Thakur wearing it had caused a backlash.
“Anirudh wrote to the senior members asking them to retire the jersey as the backlash was unwanted. Also, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players to have played the gentleman’s game. It was finally decided that it be retired after consulting a few of the senior players,” he said.
Shardul Thakur who made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI came under huge criticism from fans and social media users who slammed the cricketer for taking the same number as Tendulkar’s and also criticised the BCCI’s decision to let the pacer wear it. Coming out in his defense, Thakur had said that he had only taken the jersey due to numerological reasons and had immense respect for Tendulkar.
As the ICC does not have any rules in place for officially retiring the jersey, the decision taken by the BCCI is an unofficial one but one that is expected to refrain any players in the future from choosing the same number. In all fairness, the move is a much welcome home given the place Tendulkar holds in the hearts of cricket lovers all over the country.
“It’s a very individual choice. If players don’t want to wear a certain number, one can’t force them. ICC might just tell you that a team can’t officially retire a jersey but it would never tell you that it’s mandatory to wear that number,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying.”The BCCI has not taken any such call (retiring the No.10 jersey). It’s a very informal thing among players.