The Indian team is all set to debut in its new orange and blue â€œawayâ€ jersey for the World Cup encounter against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. Nike India, the official sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), released pictures of the new kit on Friday. For India's penultimate league game on Sunday, the team will make a departure from their normal contemporary blue kit so that it won't clash with England's sky blue colour.
â€œThe away kit is designed to enhance dynamic movements and modern requirement of the sport and the athletes. While the new engineered mesh and strategically placed sweat zones help enhanced breathability for the team on the field, new placket construction, the flex crest, garment cut angles and slash taping all add to making the new jersey lighter, more breathable and helps the athletes be agile on the field,â€ Nike India stated in a press release.
An ICC source said that the colour options were given to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and after seeing the combinations and speaking to team, this jersey was finalized.
â€œColour options were given to BCCI and they chose the colour combination that looked the best to them. The whole idea is to be different from blue as England also wears the same shade of blue as India,â€ an ICC source was quoted as saying by ANI.
â€œAlso the design (orange) is taken from Indiaâ€™s old T20 jersey which had orange in it. The designers who are sitting in USA designed this jersey from something that already existed and not something completely new that fans donâ€™t identify with,â€ the source added.
Out of the 10 nations competing at the World Cup in England and Wales, eight nations will have alternate jerseys, according to ICC regulations for this tournament. India will wear the away jersey only against England as that is a designated home game for England. This has been done to avoid a clash of colours.
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