ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board unveiled the ‘Star Nation Jersey’ today, Monday, at a ceremony held at Lahore’s Qaddafi Stadium, as the national team prepares for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, scheduled to take place from Oct 5 to Nov 19 in India.
Pakistan’s opening match in the tournament is set for Oct 6 against the Netherlands in Hyderabad, while the highly anticipated match against arch-rivals India will take place in Ahmedabad on Oct 14.
In a press release issued on Monday, Zaka Ashraf, head of the PCB Management Committee, said the new jersey encapsulated Pakistan’s “rich cricketing heritage and the luminous future that awaits.”
“The Star Nation Jersey bears witness to the enduring bond between our cricketers and the passionate fans who stand by them through every match,” Ashraf was quoted as saying in a statement released by the PCB.
“The Star Nation Jersey signifies more than a mere piece of apparel; it embodies the profound connection between Pakistan’s cricketing heroes and their steadfast supporters,” the PCB said.
“Drawing inspiration from celestial bodies, each star symbolizes brilliance, aspiration, and the radiant glow of cricketing achievements. This design philosophy encapsulates the spirit of cricketing excellence, resonating deeply with every Pakistani cricket enthusiast.”
Pakistan has released many iconic jersey designs in the past, with its 1999 World Cup jersey, bright green with a prominent dark green star in the front, at No. 8 in a CricTracker ranking of top 10 international cricket jerseys of all time.
Colored kits were introduced for the first time in the 1992 World Cup when the men in green picked up their first and only World Cup trophy, donning lime green uniforms with red, blue and white strips running across the shoulder blades.