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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Team India unveils new jersey, sparks controversy on choice of colour

ICC had mandated the 'away' jersey for teams with similar-looking jerseys
The new jersey with orange prominently on display

The Telegraph   |   Published 29.06.19, 10:20 AM

India has unveiled its orange “away” kit for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, sparking a debate on the choice of colour by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). 

The change of colours was necessitated by a change in International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) rules. The rules state that in case team kits of the playing teams are of the same colour, the “away” team will wear alternate colours. Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka and England wear blue jerseys, hence the need to make a distinction. In the clash with India, Afghanistan had sported its red and blue “away” kit in accordance with the ICC directive.


Yuzvendra Chahal was seen showing off his new jersey:

A source in the ICC told news agency ANI that BCCI had been given multiple options for the new kit. The Indian cricket administrators picked orange to connect better with fans, who are already familiar with the team’s T20 jersey which has the colour. The BCCI did not want to choose a colour that fans won’t be able to identify with.

Teams such as New Zealand, Australia and West Indies are exempt from the ICC rule because they wear distinct colours that no other teams put on.

The Indian team will be seen wearing the new jersey on June 30 in their match against England.

Twitter, of course, was quick to make some quirky remarks on the new jersey:

Some were still confused: 

The choice of colour wasn’t without controversy. Opposition parties including the Indian National Congress (Congress) and Samajwadi Party (SP) saw this as an attempt to “saffronise” the country’s cricket team.

“It will be better if the jersey is based on the Tricolour,” Samajwadi MLA Asim Azmi said.

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