Royal Challengers Bangalore are set to wear special blue jerseys in their first match of UAE leg against Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20. The franchise will don the newly-designed kit, which resembles the colour of PPE kit, in honour of the COVID-19 frontline workers who have worked tirelessly for the welfare of society in last couple of years during the global pandemic.
However, in another exciting announcement by RCB, it has been revealed that the franchise will auction the jerseys of players after the end of match. The auction will take place on 'fankindofficial' where the autographed blue jerseys of RCB players will be up for grabs. "Proceeds from the auction will be used for free vaccination among lesser privileged communities in India," the franchise confirmed.
Here is RCB's post:
Whose autographed jerseys will be up for grabs?
It is expected that the blue jerseys of entire RCB's squad, autographed by players themselves, will be available in the auction. The list of 22 players whose jerseys are expected to be up for grabs, is as follows:
Virat Kohli, KS Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, Pavan Deshpande, AB de Villiers, Suyash Prabhudessai, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Harshal Patel, Tim David, Akash Deep, Sachin Baby, Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera.
How can fans bid for RCB's blue jerseys?
The auction will begin on September 20 where the fans can bid for various blue jerseys (autographed by different players). The process of bidding will be as follows:
1. Go to this link (https://www.fankind.org/rcb) where the auction will take place.
2. Choose to bid on any of the multiple jerseys which will be available for auction.
3. Pay a one-time registration fee of Rs. 100 while placing the first bid.
4. Keep checking the website for the latest highest bid amount on that particular jersey.
5. The highest bidder in the end will take home the jersey.
How the funds raised in auction will be used?
It must be noted that the funds raised in the auction will go entirely towards GiveIndia's “Vaccination For All” mission. The purpose is to ensure that the underprivileged people, who do not have access to vaccination centres, can get fully vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.
As the RCB players say in the video, contributing in the auction can fulfill dream of a fan to secure jerseys of their favourite players, while funding a vaccine for someone in India's battle against COVID-19.