Earlier this week, the long-term partnership between the ECB and Castore was launched with the high performance training range for all England national teams – including women’s, disabled, path and men’s. After the training kits, the IT20 kit was released today. The three lions are central to the design of the bespoke kit, which will be worn by the England men’s team at the upcoming ICC T20 Men’s World Cup this autumn and by the women’s team at the Women’s World Cup ICC T20 in 2023.
Key players from the men’s, women’s and disabled teams have worked closely with Castore to create an IT20 kit specific to the needs of an elite level cricketer, incorporating specially selected fabrics combined with Castore’s unique construction methods. Athletes such as Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler from the men’s team, Katie George from the women’s team and Chris Edwards from the learning disabilities team were integral to the design process, helping designers choose features and fabrics that will improve player performance on the pitch.
With two T20 World Cups to come and a Disabled Tour of Australia, this kit has been designed to enhance performance and ease of movement with fabrics that Castore have used at the highest level of their sportswear. For the first time ever, England supporters will be able to purchase the Pro Kit worn by players on the pitch. Made from a high-stretch, recycled poly-spandex blend that allows athletes freedom of movement that a conventional garment would not have. With mesh underarm panels to keep athletes cool and focused throughout the game. This kit clearly sets out the goals of the joint initiative by Castore and ECB, providing England players and supporters with a kit steeped in technology and sportswear innovation.
Joe Butler said: “It’s a really exciting time for us as a team with the Men’s T20 World Cup taking place later this year. We’d love to bring the trophy home and we’ll be ready to give our best.” themselves thanks to the new Castore IT20 kit.
Katie George said: “This summer is a unique opportunity for the women’s game with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games featuring women’s cricket for the first time. We will be equipped with our new IT20 kit for our internationals thanks to Castore and hopefully we can inspire a new generation to get involved in the game.”
Chris Edwards said: “It’s great that Castore has involved all of the English teams in the process. We have an incredibly exciting summer ahead of us with an Ashes series and we can’t wait to take on the Aussies in the new kit.
Pascal Lafitte, Director of Partnerships Castore said: “At Castore we pride ourselves on providing an innovative IT20 kit for English cricket, particularly with the T20 World Cup this year. The main objective is to elevate performance and give players their best technique on the pitch, with a bold design that embodies the passion of English teams and supporters.
Castore will also launch the Test and ODI collaborations ahead of England’s first LV=Insurance Test against New Zealand on June 2 at Lord’s.
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