BCCI unveils new away jersey for team India
New Delhi: Team India will debut in their new away jersey in their next match against England at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Nike India, the official apparel sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), released pictures of the new kit on Friday. Departing from their signature blue colour, the new jersey sports orange and blue. This was done so that it won’t clash with Team England’s iconic sky blue colour.
Taking to Twitter, BCCI posted, “Presenting #TeamIndia’s Away Jersey What do you make of this one guys? #TeamIndia #CWC19”
India have been wearing their traditional blue jersey for quite some time now and the new away kit has an orange patch on the shoulders and on the back.
ICC Rules on new jerseys
Before the start of the World Cup, ICC introduced a new rule asking the teams to sport home and away jerseys in the tournament.
The ICC rule reads: “For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event, the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match.”
South Africa who generally sports green jersey with yellow shade, wore the reverse. It was dominated by yellow with patches of green in the team’s match against Bangladesh.
Afghanistan who generally sports blue jersey wore a jersey with more areas of red added to their blue one.
Australia (yellow), New Zealand (black) and West Indies (maroon) already have unique jerseys. They have been exempted from having ‘away’ kits.
Politics over jersey
Meanwhile, a political war broke over the orange colour in the new jersey of Team India. BCCI was accused of ‘saffronising’ cricket. However, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun played it down saying the team’s focus is on playing good cricket.