HUDDERSFIELD cricket teams will be allowed to show advertising or sponsors' logos more prominently on shirts and sweaters next season.
Previously, up to and including the 2006 season, advertising was restricted to manufacturers' logos and club badges around the breast pocket area.
But following long discussions and agreement by the Drakes League's Executive, logos can now be worn centrally on shirts and sweaters for League and Sykes Cup matches, providing they cover a space no bigger than 8in by 4in.
Logos must be identical for all players within any one team and individual player advertising is not permitted. Neither are players' names or numbers.
Club badges with manufacturers' or advertisers' logos will continue to be restricted to the breast pocket area and can be no bigger than 4in by 4in.
Romida Sports, who sponsor the Sykes Cup, will be displaying samples of cricket clothing conforming to these new regulations at the League's annual dinner on Friday, January 19, in the area immediately in front of the main dining room at Cedar Court Hotel.
All clubs have been circulated with the information, confirming the maximum size of permitted logos.
Huddersfield umpires will also be allowed an advertising logo on either their shirt or coat, and they are free to seek their own sponsors on an individual basis.
The Executive are keen to point out there is no restriction whatsoever to advertising on tracksuits, which are not used on the field of play.
While the new criteria on clothing will operate from this season it will be strictly monitored, and any club contravening the regulations will be forced to amend items falling outside the allowance.
With regards to the recently-backed Examiner Twenty/20 Trophy, details of the permitted clothing, along with the full rules, will be announced shortly.