Sri Lanka to carry on wearing ‘lucky’ yellow World Cup shirts

Dimuth Karunaratne’s side revived its flagging campaign by upsetting England at Headingley to blow the race for the semifinals wide open.

Sri Lanka wore yellow kits during its win over favourites England.   -  AP

Sri Lanka will stick with the yellow shirts the side wore in its victory against England as a World Cup lucky charm after getting approval from the International Cricket Council.

Dimuth Karunaratne’s side revived its flagging campaign by upsetting the host at Headingley to blow the race for the semifinals wide open.

Sri Lanka, whose first-choice shirts are predominantly dark blue, will wear its alternative yellow kit in the team’s remaining three group games.

“We approved Sri Lanka’s request to carry on wearing yellow as the colour,” an International Cricket Council spokesman told AFP.

“Every team chose an alternate colour prior to the start of the tournament.”

The 1996 champion next play South Africa, which cannot reach the semifinals, on Friday in the first of its final three league matches in the 10-team competition, with games against the West Indies and India to follow.

Defending champion Australia has already qualified for the last four, with India and New Zealand also closing in.