Yesterday Cricket South Africa launched the World T20 kit for the Proteas men and women’s sides. Of course they may have well launched the kit for the Australian T20 sides. The kit is made of a yellow body with green sleeves in a move that is both infuriating and frustrating.
For years Australia have started to move away from the yellow kit that they wear for One Day Internationals in favour of a greener one that has irked me intensely. I mean where is the national pride? And now it seems that South African cricket is heading the same way.
Since our readmission to International Cricket in 1992, South Africa have worn various states of green with yellow sublimation’s on the kit. Of course this was tempered with that green and red abomination we wore in Australia in the late 90’s. But we quickly left that and went back to the green and gold.
Adidas are the latest supplier since taking over from Hummel and apart from the submarine diver current ODI kit, they have produced some quality Protea kits, including the Pink ones for Breast Cancer, something I wholeheartedly agree with. But for me, they have failed horribly now. Our most successful sport in this country is played in green and cricket has been the same for 22 years now. But now we have gone the Aussie route and changed our primary colour completely.
I mean think about it, could you imagine Liverpool playing home games in green or Zimbabwe playing in purple? My favourite colour growing up was green as that was the colour that my heroes wore. There is a sense of pride attached to the colours of your national team and that pride now seems misplaced.
Yes the new kit may see the Proteas finally succeed in an ICC competition, but I’m left with the serious feeling of where did our green go?