Team India will be seen sporting a new orange coloured jersey during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for their ‘away matches’.
The change in jersey colour is due to ICC’s new rule, according to which all participating teams will be required to provide two different coloured kits for televised ICC events, except for the host country which will have preference in the choice of colour.
All the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match ahead of the event. The announcement by the ICC comes while only few days are left for the much-awaited tournament, which is scheduled to begin in England and Wales from May 30.
Having the concept of ‘home’ and ‘away’ jersey is quite common in football. For each cricket match, this time the ICC has granted one team the home status, while for the other team the match will be treated as the away venue.
‘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,” ICC said in a release.
According to media reports, India too is thinking of preparing an away kit, with orange as the prominent colour. India will away their away kit for matches against England, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as they too have blue in their home jersey.
England (hosts), Australia and New Zealand are the only sides who don’t require an away kit because of the unique colour of their jerseys.