Thursday, December 9, 2021

CSA and Castore unveil Ndebele-style Proteas kit for T20 World Cup

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) and official apparel partner, Castore have revealed the South African kit that will be worn by the Proteas in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup that gets underway this Sunday, 17 October.

The new design is inspired by Ndebele art and will be showcasing one of the country’s most colourful heritages on the international stage as captain Temba Bavuma and the Proteas represent the nation in the showpiece event of the shortest format of the game.

The shirt includes a collared neckline, which is a nod to the kit worn in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. The collar along with the rest of the jersey is immersed in the elaborately-sketched patterns and graphic elements made up of strong geometric lines, including triangular and chevron shapes.

“It’s with great pride and excitement that we present the latest Proteas kit that will be donned by the Proteas Men’s T20 side, when they take on the world in the upcoming T20 World Cup,” said CSA acting chief executive Pholetsi Moseki.

“The T20 format has always been about the thrill of dynamic cricket and ball-to-ball excitement.  With our partnership with Castore now firmly in place, as CSA we feel that this new look epitomised the energy and spirit that we want to send our team to battle with, strengthened by the inclusion of a South Africa unique look and feel and inspired by a proudly Ndebele design. As the saying goes If you look good, You feel good’ and that’s the aim with this innovative design, as we prepare our men’s national side for the global event,” commented Moseki.

The colours on the first Castore World Cup kit are no stranger to the South African and international fan, with the famous green and gold underpinning the vibrant design. The Ndebele art shapes then add a splash of bright colours on the Proteas jersey, with the red, yellow, blue and the lighter shades of green.

Staying true to the vision for the relationship with CSA, Castore developed a bold and progressive concept based on the rich Ndebele art.

Founder of Castore Tom Beahon explained the thinking behind the design; ‘The T20 World Cup is an extremely exciting time for international cricket and the Proteas team, and we wanted to produce a product which reflected that. The kit references the various cultures within South Africa which we hope amplifies the sense of pride the players will feel when pulling on the jersey at the World Cup”.

The Proteas Men will wear their new kit when they make their bow in the ICC T20 World Cup, hosted in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, against Australia on Saturday, 23 October.

Proteas ICC T20 World Cup squad

Temba Bavuma (captain, Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper, Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Wiaan Mulder (Imperial Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions).

Traveling Reserves

Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), George Linde (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans).

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Super 12

23 Oct:        Australia v South Africa, Abu Dhabi                   (14h00)

26 Oct:        South Africa v West Indies, Dubai                      (14h00)

30 Oct:        South Africa v A1, Sharjah                                 (14h00)

2 Nov:         South Africa v B2, Abu Dhabi                             (14h00)

6 Nov:         England v South Africa, Sharjah                        (18h00)

10 Nov:       Semi-final 1 (A1 v B2), Abu Dhabi                     (18h00)

11 Nov:       Semi-final 2 (B1 v A2), Dubai                             (18h00)

14 Nov:       Final, Dubai                                                         (18h00)

            *All times are local (GMT+4)

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