In February 1997, New Zealand began an ODI series against England. While the series carried no more significance than any other hosted on our shores, there was one very small difference to those played before: the players wore numbers on their shirts. For those who are committed to following our team’s fashion choices, the inclusion of numbers also signalled the start of the teal era.
Since then, numbered shirts have become the norm in limited overs cricket around the world. Here we present a list of all the BLACKCAPS shirt numbers we’ve been able to identify from that 1997 series through until today.
|71||Colin de Grandhomme|
- The players listed here have all been sighted in photographs or film footage wearing the numbers identified or they have contacted us directly about their shirt number;
- This list is just for ODI shirts, some players have worn different numbers in T20s to those worn in ODIs (BJ Watling (26) for example);
- Some players feature on the list twice as we have them recorded wearing different numbers – if we are aware they wore a number for a very short time (like Hamish Rutherford who wore 87 on debut after being given the wrong shirt, thanks for the info Hamish!), they are marked with **;
- In 1998’s ODI series against Australia some players wore different numbers to those they played in the majority of their careers (ie. Vettori, who always wore 11, wore 15), where identifiable these have been included and marked with an *;
- At the 1999 Cricket World Cup (the first tournament where players wore numbered shirts), player numbers were given out with the captain as #1 and other players numbered sequentially in alphabetical order. These numbers have not been recorded here.
If you know the number for someone we’ve missed, or think we’ve got one wrong, please contact us.