The Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) has drawn flak from fans soon after Dream 11 was named as the sponsors of IPL 2020. The development comes after Chinese company VIVO stepped back as the title sponsors. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has now written a letter to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, a copy of which is shared on Twitter, asking him to intervene in the matter.
For the uninitiated, Chinese apps were banned ever since the relationships between India and China turned sour after the LAC skirmishes. CAIT general secretary has now said that the cricket board has no sympathy for the Indian soldiers and has given a contract to Dream 11, who have Tencent Global as one of their stake holders.
“As you are well aware that the BCCI had earlier this month decided to retain Chinese handset maker VIVO as the title sponsor of IPL 2020 to be held in Dubai amid strong objections raised by the CAIT and others in view of the strong anti-China sentiments prevailing in the country, the contract with Vivo was cancelled,” CAIT national secretary-general, Praveen Khandelwal wrote in the letter.
“However, to our utter shock and dismay, the BCCI has once again hoodwinked the people of India and awarded the contract to online gaming company Dream11 which also has Chinese investor Tencent Global as one oits major stakeholders. This sheer insensitive behaviour of the BCCI is indicative of the fact that the earlier decision to stop Vivo was a mere eyewash and the BCCI in fact has absolutely no sympathies with the Indian soldiers and does not respect the sentiments of the Indian citizens.
.@CAITIndia has written to Union Minister Shri @KirenRijiju seeking his immediate intervention in the #IPL2020 title sponsorship issue & urging the @BCCI to cancel #Dream11 deal and consider companies which have absolutely no Chinese funding. Urgent meeting has also been sought. pic.twitter.com/0pMbyYw4iC
— Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) (@CAITIndia) August 20, 2020
Earlier, the IPL Governing Council, in a media release announced Dream11 as the new Title Sponsor of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. “Dream11 (Sporta Technologies Pvt. Ltd) is an Indian company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra,” they said in the release.
Dream11’s association with sports has grown over the years and it is presently partnering a total of 19 sports leagues along with 6 Indian Premier League Franchises, the release had added.