Cricketers Wearing Blue Caps In Test, Interesting Reason Behind This
Actually, the connection of this cap is with a person named former player Bob Willis. Willis died of prostate cancer in 2019 at the age of 70.
The last match of the five-match Test series between India and England is being played at Edgbaston, Birmingham. In this match, the players of both the countries wore blue caps before the start of the second day's match. Along with the players, some spectators were also seen wearing blue caps. The reason behind the players doing this is quite interesting.
Actually, the connection of this cap is with a person named former player Bob Willis. Willis died of prostate cancer in 2019 at the age of 70. After which the Bob Willis Fund was created with the intention of spreading awareness about this disease. With the help of this fund, people suffering from this disease are treated. So far more than half a million pounds have been deposited in the Bob Willis Fund.
Before the start of the second day of this Test, players and spectators applauded in memory of Bob Willis for about 45 seconds. The #BlueForBob campaign is going on in England for the treatment and research of this disease. Last year also when the Pakistan team visited England, even in one ODI, the players, commentators, and spectators of both teams wore blue caps.
Willis was the captain of England from 1982 to 1984. Willis has played 90 Tests in his career. In which he has taken 325 wickets. His memorable performance came in the 1981 Ashes where he took eight wickets for 43 runs in the second innings of the third Test. Between 1972–84, Willis played his home matches for county team Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Willis also has 80 wickets in 64 One Day Internationals in his name.