New Delhi, Sep 14: Having unveiled its official T20 jersey that is trendy and stylish, that was refreshing when compared to the ODI jersey will have to wait to make its debut, as BCCI has refused to provide new kits to the Indian cricket.
Superstitious BCCI has asked the Indian cricket team to keep the new jersey on hold and wear the ODI jersey in order to bring good luck to the team as they won the 2011 World Cup wearing the same jersey.
BCCI official also confirmed that it was the cricket board that insisted on wearing the ODI jersey during the T20 World Cup inorder to bring good luck.
"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," Ratnakar Shetty, the CAO of the board, told TOI on Thursday.
Recently, Nike, the team's apparel sponsor had unveiled the new jersey with a lot of fanfare and it was supposedly launched for the T20 World Cup.
Though the efforts to get in touch with the company's spokesperson was in vain, it is learnt that BCCI has already informed Nike about the reasons for wearing the ODI jersey and there wouldn't be any confusion regarding the same.
Interestingly, Indian cricketers had felt the new jersey was stylish and trendy as most of them liked the feel of the new jersey with the Indian flag on the left that would increase patriotism, also gave it a new look.
Team India skipper MS Dhoni had also hailed the jersey as he had said that the new jersey could also help people differentiate the formats of the game as they can easily make out if it is a Test or an ODI.
"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.