Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be sporting a special blue jersey in one of their upcoming matches in the ongoing IPL 2021 season to honor the frontline workers who are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli announced this in a video message on social media. In the video shared by RCB, Kohli revealed that they will be auctioning the signed jerseys by the players to raise money for India's health infrastructure.
"What's happening in our country with the spread of the COVID virus is deeply concerning. We as a franchise over the past week have had focused discussions on how we can help at the ground level and assist frontline workers in these dire times."
"RCB has identified key areas in which immediate help is required in healthcare infrastructure related to Oxygen support and will be making a financial contribution in this regard," Kohli said in the video.
The blue jerseys will also have important healthcare messages on them. "RCB has identified key areas where much-needed help is required immediately in healthcare infrastructure related to Oxygen support in Bengaluru and other cities, and will be making a financial contribution towards this, via @give_india.
"This season RCB is going to be sporting a special Blue jersey in one of the early upcoming matches with key messaging on the match kit to pay our respect and show solidarity to all the front line heroes who have spent the majority of last year wearing PPE kits and leading the fight against the pandemic, instead of our flagship Go Green Initiative match.
"RCB will also auction all the signed player jerseys from this game to raise money and add to our earlier financial contribution supporting healthcare infrastructure related to oxygen support," RCB said in a statement.
India is seeing a huge surge in the number of COVID-19 cases with 3,92,488 new COVID-19 cases, 3689 deaths, and 3,07,865 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per the latest update by Union Health Ministry on Sunday.