As cricket fans celebrate Scotland’s historic opening round victory over full-member Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday (October 17), much of the attention is also on their newly-made jersey for the immensely popular ICC event.
The leading European associate rivals led by experienced batter Kyle Coetzer are not just wearing their usual dark blue shade for the tournament. There is notable addition of purple stripes as well on their new design, which is grabbing the limelight.
Scotland’s new jersey is considered one of the better ones worn by a team at this year’s T20 World Cup. But how many fans know that this popular design is actually the brainchild of one 12-year-old kid named Rebecca Downie.
Yes, 12-year-old kid Rebecca, who lives in East Lothian, is one who chose the new design for shirts that Scotland are wearing for their fourth appearance at the T20 World Cup.
Scotland’s T20 World Cup 2021 jersey designed by a kid aged 12
In a proud moment for Rebecca, her design is being worn by Coetzer and his men as they fight the best teams in the world at a much-awaited event.
The news that Rebecca’s design will be worn by Scotland at the T20 World Cup was confirmed by Cricket Scotland earlier in October when they informed that she is the winner of a competition that the board had launched.
This new design, the Scotland board confirmed, was selected “unanimously” from entries of over 200 school children in the country by Coetzer and his men. The design is based on colours of “the thistle”, Scotland’s national emblem.
Rebecca learnt of the great news when she visited Edinburgh after being invited as “special guests”, along with her family, for one of Scotland’s recent T20Is against tourists Zimbabwe. She was handed over the first shirt from the production line.
“I was so excited when I heard I had won the competition, I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy to see the shirt in real life, it looks brilliant! It was amazing to meet the team and watch them play against Zimbabwe. I will be wearing my shirt and cheering them on in every game in the World Cup,” she told Cricket Scotland.
Coetzer said he felt “great” upon meeting Rebecca and that his team is “really proud” to be wearing her design. At the time, the skipper had added, “we are planning to go out there and do it (the design) justice with our performances in the World Cup. We hope that the fans will enjoy the new design and wear them proudly as they support us from back home.”
Given their magnificent come-from-behind victory in Muscat and such an inspiring start to their campaign, Coetzer and his men can rest assured that fans back home are indeed proudly donning the colours that they are wearing in their quest for the coveted crown.
Having toppled off Bangladesh, Scotland next take on PNG in their Group B preliminary round fixture in Al Amerat, Oman on Tuesday (October 19). A big win against PNG could help secure Scotland’s place in the Super 12s of T20 World Cup 2021.