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World Cup 2019: Orange is the new Blue for Team India

Only countries such as Australia (yellow), New Zealand (black), and West Indies (maroon) were not required to pick another colour as they already have uniquely-coloured jerseys.

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World Cup 2019: Orange is the new Blue for Team India
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As the new orange jersey for Team India was unveiled in Manchester on Wednesday, a huge political controversy back home erupted over who chose the colour orange, which is somewhere associated with a particular political party.

A few phone calls later, it has emerged that no such proposal was mooted before the Committee of Administrators (COA), which is running cricket in India since Supreme Court's 2016 order, and the decision has either come from CEO Rahul Johri or the team management, consisting of coach Ravi Shastri or captain Virat Kohli in the United Kingdom.

Even the BCCI office-bearers were apparently not consulted before the colour was picked for the jersey, which is likely to be worn by the players in the World Cup game against England on June 30.

The move to sport a colour other than the traditional blue came after the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a new rule asking all teams to sport home and away jerseys in the tournament before the start of WC. With India and England both sporting almost identical blue jerseys, the Indian team management knew that it was supposed to wear some other colour on June 30.

"Let me tell you the design (orange) is taken from India's old T20 jersey which had orange in it. Team outfit designers in US designed this new jersey keeping in mind that fans should be able to identify the Indian team with it," was what a BCCI insider revealed.

That's why South Africa, who generally sports a green jersey with a yellow shade, wore exactly the reverse — yellow dominated with patches of green during the match against Bangladesh. Even Afghanistan, who generally sports a blue jersey, wore a jersey with more of red added to it.

"To be very honest we are not aware what colours we are going to be wearing, we haven't given any thought to that and all our focus is only on the match tomorrow. We are focusing on the game and not aware of the colour we are getting. We bleed blue and blue is going to be predominantly the colour that is it," India bowling coach Bharat Arun said during a pre-match press conference in Manchester on Wednesday.

Only countries such as Australia (yellow), New Zealand (black), and West Indies (maroon) were not required to pick another colour as they already have uniquely-coloured jerseys.

It must be mentioned here that a similar controversy erupted in March when Team India wore camouflaged army caps in the third ODI in Ranchi against Australia just before the general elections. But it was revealed then that permission regarding this was taken from the ICC five months in advance and it had been an annual affair to sport caps with camouflage design as a tribute to families of martyrs.

—With inputs from ANI

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