Politics becomes colour of Team India ‘Orange’ jersey

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Orange shade in Team India’s jersey for the ICC World Cup 2019 ‘Away’ game is getting political tones as some parties in the Opposition have started seeing “saffron” in the team kit.

India will be playing against England on June 30, Sunday, in Blue and Orange flannels to differentiate from ICC World Cup 2019 hosts England, whose team colours also happen to be blue. Since the game has been defined as an “Away Match” for India, the onus to wear a different kit rested on the Virat Kohli-led combine.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party and Congress are seeing this as saffronisation of the team. The opposition primarily originates the saffron colour of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Muslim MLAs in the Maharashtra State Assembly condemned the orange jersey that will be donned by Team India, India Today had reported. Abu Asim Azmi, a Samajwadi Party MLA, suggested that the Government was behind the decision and said that the jersey was part of growing saffronisation in the country.

“Modi ji wants to saffronise the entire country. A Muslim was the one who designed the Indian Tricolour. There are other colours in the Tricolour, why choose only orange? It will be better if their jersey is based on the Tricolour,” Azmi was reported as saying.

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A former minister and Congress MLA Naseem Khan said that the Modi Government was playing saffron politics. “Ever since the Modi government has come to power, it has been playing saffron politics. The Tricolour should be respected and national harmony should be promoted. This government wants to saffronise everything,” said Khan.

New agency ANI in a tweeted message had shared the ICC stand on Team India’s choice for orange and blue playing kit.

“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 matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match,” the ICC had said in a release.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale supported the orange jerseys that will be donned by the Indian cricket team when they face England in the World Cup. “It is the colour of courage and victory. No one should have a problem with that,” Ramdas Athawale said.

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