Royal Challengers Bangalore removed their profile picture and posts from their social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This comes a day after the team signed Muthoot Fincorp as their title sponsor for IPL 2020. The title sponsorship includes jersey-front logo placement, and in-stadium integration at home matches, social media, and other popular mediums of entertainment such as television, a statement from the team has said.
The move has sent fans and players alike into a tizzy. No one is yet aware of the reason behind the decision of the management, not even the captain. Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli expressed his surprise at the decision by tweeting:
Posts disappear and the captain isn’t informed. 😨 @rcbtweets, let me know if you need any help.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 13, 2020
“Posts disappear and the captain isn’t informed. @rcbtweets, let me know if you need any help.”
The display picture and the cover picture was removed from all social media accounts of the team, while the team name was changed to just Royal Challengers.
Royal Challengers announced a three-year partnership with Muthoot Fincorp Ltd on Tuesday, which is part of the Muthoot Pappachan Group, more commonly known as Muthoot Blue.
Other prominent players of the team, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal also expressed their surprise at the decision taken by the team’s management and expressed their surprise at not being notified of the changes before they came into effect. Chahal tweeted out to the official handle of the Royal Challengers while returning from New Zealand, stating:
Arey @rcbtweets, what googly is this? 🤔 Where did your profile pic and Instagram posts go? 😳
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 12, 2020
“Arey @rcbtweets, what googly is this? Where did your profile pic and Instagram posts go?”
AB de Villiers also voiced Chahal’s emotions as he tweeted out to the twitter handle of the Royal Challengers:
Folks at @rcbtweets, what’s happened to our social media accounts? 😳 Hope it’s just a strategy break. 🤞🏼
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) February 12, 2020
“Folks at @rcbtweets, what’s happened to our social media accounts? ?? I hope it’s just a strategy break????”
According to reports, the franchise will get a new name and a logo, which will be unveiled on February 16.