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Is Royal Challengers Bangalore Getting Renamed?

Don Ziggy

Feb. 13, 2020

The IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli, might have the team-name changed before IPL 2020. The brand’s social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) were stripped off the display and cover picture. Along with that, the name was changed to just Royal Challengers. There are speculations going around that the team name will be changed from Royal Challengers Bangalore to Royal Challengers Bengaluru along with a new logo on the 16th of February.
Why The Change?
In the recent past, the team received criticism for not including the term “Bengaluru” in their name. A number of celebrities, especially, Kannada film personalities have been the ones who have urged the team to consider the name change and give homegrown talent more opportunities to play.
RCB has cricket stars like Virat Kohli (the captain), Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers in the team. However, even then the team has never been able to bag one IPL trophy since the event initially started. On top of that, Kohli has been the Captain for this team for seven seasons and hasn’t been able to live up to the captaincy expectations. Even though that is the case, Mike Hesson, the Director of Cricket has revealed that RCB’s leadership structure will not be altered this year.
Hesson’s clarification to the media included him saying, “We don’t have that perception that Virat controls things. But maybe he has had his learnings from the past (mistakes) while moving forward” . Adding to this he mentioned that both Virat Kohli and Chief Coach, Simon Katich, agree with him regarding Kohli’s captaincy. Finally, he concluded by saying that nobody on the board who feels adversely about Kohli’s captaincy during the last few weeks.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore Team for IPL 2020:
The players who have been retained are:-
Virat Kohli Yuzvendra Chahal Moeen Ali Parthiv Patel AB de Villiers Pawan Negi Mohammed Siraj Gurkeerat Mann Umesh Yadav Shivam Dube Devdutt Padikkal Navdeep Saini Washington Sundar
The players who have been bought for IPL 2020 are:-
Chris Morris (10 crore) Aaron Finch (4.4 crore) Kane Richardson(4 crore) Joshua Philippe (20 lakh) Dale Steyn (2 crore) Pavan Deshpande (20 lakh) Isuru Udana (50 lakh) Shahbaz Ahamad (20 lakh)
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