London: With Team India all set to start its campaign in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against South Africa on June 5, cricket fans will witness something ‘different’ when the country takes on hosts England on June 30.
Instead of ‘Men in Blue’, which we are so used to seeing, Virat Kohli & Co are likely be termed as ‘Men in Orange’ on that day.
This time, England are also playing in a light blue uniform. The change of colour for team India was necessitated for this one game on June 30. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, an away jersey is a must for each and every team playing in the World Cup.
According to some unconfirmed reports, Team India will wear an orange uniform in the match. However, the BCCI and the ICC are yet to confirm it till the filing of this report. If the reports are to be believed, Indian cricket fans will support their team in orange and not in blue.
Politically speaking, the choice of colour may not go down well among a section of the people. Let’s leave that for some other day.
India is not the only country that will change its uniform colour this year. Afghanistan will wear red (a change from blue) against Sri Lanka, England and India. Bangladesh will wear red against Pakistan. South Africa, who wore gold against Bangladesh on Sunday, will also don the same jersey against Pakistan. Sri Lanka will wear yellow against England and India.
Apart from players, the umpires will also have to change their jerseys in some matches. “Umpires will wear a pink shirt in all matches except those matches involving West Indies, Afghanistan (in red) or Bangladesh (in red). In those matches, a black shirt will be worn. For the West Indies-Afghanistan match, a pink shirt will be worn,” the ICC media guide said.
Afghanistan: Blue (alternative: Red)
New Zealand: Black (alternative: Silver Grey)
Australia: Gold (alternative: Green)
Pakistan: Green (alternative: Lime)
Bangladesh: Green (alternative: Red)
South Africa: Green (alternative: Gold)
England: Light blue
Sri Lanka: Blue (alternative: Yellow)
India: Blue (alternative: Orange)
West Indies: Maroon