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Superstitious Indian cricket board says no to new kit

September 14, 2012

NEW DELHI: In order to bring ‘good luck’ to Team India in the upcoming World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka, the Indian cricket board ( BCCI) has asked its players to wear the same jersey that they were wearing during the triumphant 50-over 2011 World Cup.

“This was not something the players had offered to wear. It’s completely BCCI’s decision to ask the players to wear the jersey which they had used during the 2011 World Cup,” BCCI’s Ratnakar Shetty said.

Nike, the team apparel sponsor, had unveiled the T20 jersey recently with a lot of fanfare.

The company spokesperson was not available for comments. Sources said that the board has already communicated the decision to Nike, also informing them about the reasons for it.

Interestingly, some leading Indian cricketers like captain MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag had hailed the new jersey.

“When we switch on the TV and see players in white, we know they are playing Test cricket. Similarly, when you see them in blue, you know an ODI is going on. Now that we have a different T20 shirt, there will be a strong association between the format and the jersey,” Dhoni had reportedly said.

“I play with my heart and I play for the national flag. I like this jersey because the national colours are on my heart,” Sehwag was quoted as saying during the launch of the jersey.

-Agencies


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