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Renowned sports brand Nike lived up to its reputation when the brand flew in new training kits for the Indian cricket team in Pallenkele in Sri Lanka ahead of the second ODI match scheduled on Thursday when the players complained of poor quality of the training kits it had received originally.
Along with the new training kits, Nike sent its representatives to Pallekele to get feedback from the players regarding the team jersey after they had reportedly expressed displeasure over the quality of the earlier jerseys.
The Nike representatives took pictures of the players in their new training kits before speaking to the players directly to get first-hand feedback from them and also gave the players a questionnaire. According to reports, Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni spent a fair amount of time with the representatives.
When the Indian team players had arrived at the stadium on Tuesday for an optional practice session ahead of the second ODI, the players reportedly found the quality of the clothing to be poor and complained to the officials.
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Game Development) Ratnakar Shetty took up the issue with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), however, Nike itself took rapid action and sent in new training kits. While the new jerseys look similar to the earlier ones, the material used is reported of a better quality.
During the run-up to the World T20 last year, the Indian team had been unhappy with the colour of their practice kits and then also Nike had made the replacements as quickly as possible.
Since 2006, Nike has been the official kit sponsor of the Indian cricket team and last year the sports major extended their contract till 2020 by paying around Rs 370 crore to the BCCI.