The BCCI, along with the new official sponsor OPPO India, unveiled the new kit of the Indian cricket team. Rahul Johri, CEO of the BCCI, revealed the brand new jersey at an event held at Mumbai’s JW Marriot Sahar hotel.
The new jersey has the same layout as the that of the previous one worn by Kohli and his team in the ODI series earlier this year: with a dark blue shade on the sides along the arms, and a lighter hue on the chest and back. A thin strip of tricolour runs from the collar to the sides of the arm, with the Nike logo and the BCCI crest on either side.
OPPO, the smartphone manufacturing company paid Rs. 1,079 crore for a deal that extends for a period of five years. The company will be paying an amount of Rs. 1.56 crore for every game featuring in an ICC tournament, and Rs. 4.61 crore per bilateral game involving the Indian team.
When Virat Kohli and his men walk out in England to defend their Champions Trophy title, they will be seen wearing the brand new jersey, with the new sponsors highlighted on the front of their kit.
OPPO claimed the bid to be the new sponsor by outbidding fellow Chinese smartphone manufacturer and current IPL sponsor, Vivo, who offered $115 million for the five-year period. OPPO bid $162 million for a five-year period starting in April and claimed the rights.
After OPPO won the bid in April, Rahul Johri was quoted as saying “On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to congratulate OPPO Mobiles India Pvt Ltd., on winning the rights and welcome them to the BCCI family. OPPO Mobiles and the BCCI share a common vision and I am confident that we will work together to further grow Indian cricket.