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Speculation rife over India’s away jersey in matches against Afghanistan, England

Reportedly even the Indian players haven't seen the jersey yet.

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Team India. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Over the years, Indian cricketers have donned several jerseys for tournaments but all of them had a common feature: they were all predominantly in blue. However, with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) home-and-away jersey rule coming into play, it is not far that the Indian fans could see their favourite ‘Men in Blue’ sporting some other colour, expectedly orange.

Speculation is rife that Virat Kohli’s men may sport a new jersey against Afghanistan in Southampton, who also have a blue attire, in their next game in the ongoing ICC World Cup on Saturday. Other reports have suggested that Team India is likely to wear orange in the high-voltage clash against England at Edgbaston on June 30.

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As per the ICC’s home-and-away jersey rule, teams that have similar colours will have to wear a different colour when they play each other in the World Cup. Five teams: India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and South Africa have chosen two different colours since they have similar colours like blue and green.

Only Pakistan have been allowed to sport their original green jersey for all games while England, as hosts, can wear their blue for all games. Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies have been exempted from the rule because of their unique colours.

India yet to reveal their away jersey

While the other four teams have revealed their away jerseys, India haven’t and it has left the fans guessing. While the team’s original blue jersey has a spattering of orange, their away jersey could be a reverse one. It has been reported that even the Indian cricketers haven’t seen their second jersey till last week.

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“Till last week, the Indian players had not seen their new jerseys,” Times of India quoted a senior industry executive as saying.
“There is still confusion among various stakeholders whether the team would actually need to don new colours. For instance, the Pakistan team has been exempted from changing their familiar green although there are teams such as Bangladesh, which too, wear green,” he said.

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