We are familiar with football teams having ‘home’ and ‘away’ kits. This is done to avoid the two teams wearing similar colours on the field and causing confusion. The ICC World Cup 2019 will be the first cricket tournament to sport home and away kits.
“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,” ICC said in a press release.
Since England is the host, the team will not be required to wear another kit. Other teams that pose as exceptions to the ‘two jersey rule’ are Australia, New Zealand and West Indies for their respective yellow, black and maroon kits.
Pakistan, Bangladesh, and South Africa have green kits. The Pakistan cricket team has been exempted and will be wearing the same jersey throughout the tournament. Bangladesh and South Africa will be required to sport an away kit. From the recent pictures that have been released, Bangladesh team’s away kit is in complete contrast of the home kit. While the home kit is green with flecks of red, the away kit is completed dominated with red colour.
The Sri Lanka cricket team’s home jersey is also blue but they have switched things up for the away jersey with the top half being yellow. South Africa’s two jerseys are also completely contrasting with yellow being the colour of their home kit and green making the away kit. Afghanistan’s two kits are very similar to each other – the difference being home kit has more blue while the away kit is with red sleeves.
Now, out of the five teams that are to sport home and away kits, four have released official images. While we are aware of what India’s blue home jersey looks like, away kit is yet to be confirmed. New reports suggest that the team will be wearing an orange jersey but that is yet to be confirmed.
The ICC World Cup 2019 kicks off on 30 May with England taking on South Africa at The Oval, London.
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