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World Cup Diary: Check out this CHEEKY LETTER from NZ skipper!

February 12, 2015 14:48 IST
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Brendon McCullum letter. Photograph: New Zealand Cricket

New Zealand fans were offered a letter of consent from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum to get them off work on Thursday.

In a letter on an official NZC letterhead signed by McCullum, bosses were asked to excuse workers on Thursday to attend the final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Wellington.

"They may not be at the office but rest assured they'll be putting in the hard yards at Westpac Stadium, helping us get over the line against Sri Lanka.

"Come down and support us yourself. We've got a seat with your name on it and a flag that won't wave itself."

New Zealand Cricket dreamed up the initiative with their design agency and the form went viral on social media.

NZC timely capitalised on the surge of interest in the team given their good form in the lead up to the World Cup.

Late shipment threatens debut of Cricket Scotland tartan

Josh Davey of Scotland

Josh Davey of Scotland celebrates with team mates. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

A specially commissioned tartan that Scotland were set to wear on their shirts at the World Cup might not now make an appearance at the tournament after a delay in a shipment from China.

The distinctly Scottish pattern, with a design based on the clan tartan of 19th century Test cricketer Gregor MacGregor, was due to feature on the sleeves of the match shirts of the team, who are appearing at a third World Cup.

The batch of shirts were due to be delivered to the team in Australia but the delay means they might not arrive before the Scots decamp to New Zealand, where they face the co-host nation in their tournament opener in Dunedin on Tuesday.

Scotland do not return across the Tasman Sea until they head to Hobart in mid-March for their last two pool matches against Sri Lanka and Australia.

"We knew it was going to be tight, but not this tight," team spokesman Ben Fox said.

"If they don't get here then we'll go with the shirts we've got, which are ICC compliant, and sadly I don't think the new shirts will see the light of day."

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