Team India will sport an orange jersey during their match against England on 30 June. As per ICC new rule, any two teams whose jersey colour is the same will have to wear a different colour. But, England team has been exempted to wear an alternate colour for being the host team.
However, the entire situation has attracted a new controversy as Congress and Samajwadi party leaders have opposed to the colour of the jersey. The party leaders have accused the BJP government of saffronisation. Abu Asim Azim, a Samajwadi Party MLA, argued that the government was behind the decision. He said, “Modi ji wants to saffronise the entire nation. A Muslim was the one who designed the Indian Tri-colour. There are other colours in the Tri-colour, so why choose only orange? It will be better if the teams jersey is based on the Tri-colour.” Congress leader Naseem Khan agreed with the sentiments.
According to ICC, only the host team is exempted from wearing the alternative jersey. Afghanistan and South Africa have also used the alternate jerseys whereas Australia, West Indies and New Zealand did not use different jersey because they already have different colour.