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Nicknames take centrestage in Australian Twenty20

In a first for cricket and arguably Australian sport, nicknames will appear on player uniforms in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash which begins on 6 January 2006.

In a first for cricket and arguably Australian sport, nicknames will appear on player uniforms in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash which begins on 6 January 2006.

Australian Jason Gillespie will wear a T-shirt that has 'Diz' printed on it while Matthew Elliot will have his nickname 'Herb' on his T-shirt in the Australian Twenty20 championships that begin Friday.

This innovation of having the players' nicknames on their shirts instead of their real names is a first in world cricket as well as Australian sport.

"The introduction of nicknames is expected to add to the fun and entertaining nature of Twenty20 cricket, providing a novel way to connect with the sport for both the uninitiated and ardent cricket fan," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

Darren Lehmann's T-shirt will have his nickname 'Boof' while Jimmy Maher will bear his nickname 'Mahbo'. Other interesting nicknames include Stickers (Shane Harwood), Catfish (James Hopes), Dagger (Ryan Broad), Honkey (Brett Dorey) and Cowboy (Michael Elliot).

Only a handful of exhibition Twenty20 matches have ever been played in Australia, including a match staged between Victoria and Western Australia in January last year which saw a 'full house' sign go up at the Western Australia Cricket Association's stadium in Perth for the first time in 24 years.

Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia will take part in the 15-day event.

source - cricket20.com
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