Pakistan batted first and their former captain and legendary bowler Wasim Akram spotted an oddity with the uniform of their batsmen – a missing green stripe from the sweater.
The cricketer-turned-commentator wasn’t impressed with the change.
He immediately took a snapshot of a Pakistan batsman and posted it on his Twitter handle asking a simple question: “Where is the green stripe gone from our sweater? Not cool.”
Where is the green stripe gone from our sweater ? Not cool . https://t.co/KLRFD39MqJ
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) 1526129703000
Traditionally the Test sweaters worn by Pakistan cricketers have a green stripe running along the neckline. However, against Ireland in the ongoing one-off Test in Malahide, the stripe has gone missing prompting the question from Akram who represented Pakistan in 104 Tests, took 414 wickets and scored 2898 runs in a storied career.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took notice of Akram’s tweet, thanked him and a promised to launch a serious inquiry.
Thank you @wasimakramlive for pointing this out. We are going to seriously inquire into the matter. https://t.co/5FOgzrNAPa
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) 1526204056000
Explaining his reaction, Akram later tweeted that the decision to do away with the stripe to give the uniform a modern look is something that should have been conveyed, especially to those who have “played proudly with his kit”.
Since tweeting this yesterday there has been a lot of enquiry in to where our green stripe has gone. I wanted to ad… https://t.co/IWXFXBosT3
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) 1526231615000
Do you think the green stripe should return to keep the tradition alive?