The Men in Blue will not necessarily be donning blue flannels through the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. There is a twist to the Team India colours for the May 30-July 14 cricket spectacle – the biggest of them all.
The International Cricket Council has introduced the home and away kit rule for the World Cup 2019, just on the lines of FIFA World Cup where each team wears separate colours for their home and away games.
India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and hosts England will be playing the World Cup in their tradition Blue colours. Since all the four teams will be playing against each other, the team playing at their “home venue” will have the liberty to sport their traditional colours, while the other team will have to opt for the away jersey. For operational convenience, in each game the ICC has grated one outfit the home team status, while for the other team the match is treated at the away venue.
In the match against Sri Lanka, India has the home team status. That allows Virat Kohli’s men to play in blue.
England and Afghanistan, however, will be the home teams for their matches against India. Team India for those two games will have to give away “Blue” so that both team’s match kit doesn’t look similar. With that comes the compulsion to opt for a different colour.
Orange will be the “Blue” for Team India for the games against England and Afghanistan. The jersey design has a light shade of orange upfront, a darker orange fabric on shoulders and arms with two streaks of blue in the front.
This is the jersey Kohli & Company will wear on June 22 against Afghanistan and on June 30 for the game against the ICC World Cup 2019 hosts.
India starts their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, on June 5, five days after the tournament opener between hosts England and the Proteas at the Kennington Oval, London, on May 30.
Similarly, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh traditionally wear green colours. While Pakistan will be playing against these two teams at their designated home venues. Bangladesh and South Africa will be wearing yellow for their away games.