The men in blue are reportedly not satisfied with their official kit sponsors Nike for providing below par clothing since the last few months. This issue has been duly noted by the Board of Cricket Control of India and the authorities are not at happy with Nike. Nike has been associated with Team India since 2006.
Reportedly, the Indian players were displeased with the quality of clothes Nike were providing since last few months and reported the same to the parental body. Following the complaint, the Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI, Rahul Johri and General Manager Game development, Ratnakar Shetty placed this issue in front of Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).
In an interview with the Indian Express Rahul Johri confirmed that it has been raised in front of the CoA. He said, “It (Nike’s clothing) has come up for discussion in last CoA meeting and chairman CoA (Vinod Rai) took it very strongly. The team cannot have sub-standard kits and we will be engaging with Nike and he has asked to put our case strongly.”
“We have to engage with them, we will have a meeting with them (Nike) next week and try to resolve it at earliest,” concluded Johri.
However, Nike India communications head, Keerthana Ramakrishnan did not answer to emails or text messages regarding the same.
Nike is a common name all over the world among the sports fraternity. In 2016, the multinational company paid approximately Rs 370 crores to be appointed as the team kit sponsor till 2020. Nike is scheduled to pay Rs 87, 34,000 per match and their contract expire on 30th September 2020.