Cricket Clothing Buyers' Guide

CRICKET CLOTHING GUIDE: WHAT'S REQUIRED

There are many items of cricket clothing that the ambitious cricketer requires to maximise performance, play and train in comfort, and simply look the part. There is a range of stylish cricket clothing items available on the market, including: cricket shirts, cricket trousers, cricket training wear and custom made clothing. As the modern game has evolved, cricket wear has taken on greater significance in terms of design, performance and comfort, as athletes strive to gain the slightest edge on the field of play.

MATCHDAY CRICKET CLOTHES

Every cricketer needs to own a set of cricket whites, which includes a white cricket shirt and matching trousers as standard. Many cricket clubs will have their own club cricket shirts with their emblem, while custom made jumpers can be produced to embrace your club’s colours. Many retailers offer customised cricket shirts with a range of trim colours, club badge embroidery, name and number printing.

The serious cricketer will ensure he has both a long-sleeve and sleeveless jumper (slipover), while a cricket cap is essential to help shield your eyes from direct sunlight and stop your head from overheating during a long fielding session on a sunny day. Many cricketers, especially bowlers, will have specialist cricket socks to provide additional comfort and support to their feet, while a pair of cricket briefs is essential to secure the box/abdominal guard. Some thigh guards require batting shorts to keep them secure, while a base layer and sweatband are optional items.

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CRICKET TRAINING CLOTHES & FANWEAR

Cricket training wear is available on the market in the form of tracksuit bottoms, hoodies, waterproofs, training shirts and shorts. As these items are not worn during match play, they are available in a wide range of colours, although a training shirt is usually the traditional white. Cricket fans can also purchase official cricket shirts as worn by IPL franchises, domestic clubs and national teams. Official national shirts and training wear have been very popular in modern times.

CRICKET CLOTHING MATERIALS

These days, most brands use lightweight technical fabrics in the manufacture of cricket clothing, while others use the traditional materials of poly/cotton blends. The majority of contemporary cricket shirts and trousers are made from the finest breathable polyester with sweat absorbing functionality. Other cutting edge features include mesh fabric which increases air-flow and moisture management panels. Modern cricket shirts are lighter than their predecessors and boast very soft fabric. Contemporary fabrics like easy-care acrylic are utilised in the manufacture of modern cricket jumpers but traditional wool and wool blend cricket jumpers are still popular in today’s market – especially in custom made cricket jumpers.

CRICKET CLOTHING BUYING DECISIONS

Budget will obviously play its part but important factors when purchasing cricket clothing include: comfort, fit and ventilation/air-flow. Cricket shirts that are too tight will restrict movement when bowling, throwing or playing an expansive shot. If buying national team wear, be sure to determine whether or not the item is official merchandise.