World Cup 2019: Men In Blue To Don New Orange Jersey Against England
Team India will be donning a new jersey for their World Cup 2019 match against England on June 30. Yep, the news is official and our Indian Players, who have been wearing the blue jersey for ages, will be seen in new orange jerseys. Since the beginning of the tournament social media has been abuzz discussing India’s alternate jersey.
Nike, the kit sponsor for the Indian cricket team has been tightlipped on the matter but sources have revealed that the new jerseys will be orange with a blue strip on the collar. ICC has taken a cue from football where teams use two jerseys, home and away and now prevent two teams from wearing similar jerseys during a televised match. So now, only the host team, England can retain the original colours. Our Men in Blue will be wearing a reversed jersey of orange with blue strips on the collar. This goes on beyond the World Cup and India is expected to wear the jersey for all their ODI matches against England on their home ground.
A senior industry executive revealed, “Till last week, the Indian players had not seen their new jerseys.” He added, “There is still confusion among various stakeholders whether the team would actually need to don new colours. For instance, the Pakistan team has been exempted from changing their familiar green although there are teams such as Bangladesh, which too, wears green.”
So far, most of the participating teams except India, have introduced their ‘away’ colours- South Africa wore a predominantly yellow strip in a match against Bangladesh in green. Bangladesh, meanwhile, added a healthy dose of red to their blue and as a result gave rise to internet memes. Australia (yellow), New Zealand (black) and West Indies (maroon) have been exempted from ‘away’ kits because their original kits are unique.
“For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matched throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match,” the ICC press release read.
Before India takes on England, they will be playing Afghanistan on June 22 and West Indies on June 27. For more latest trending news, keep a lookout for Befazool Charcha.