IPL Trophy. Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Governing Council on Sunday decided to retain all its sponsors, including Chinese mobile company VIVO. The IPL GC met on Sunday to discuss the road map for IPL 2020 and confirmed that the tournament will be played from September 19 to November 10 in UAE.

Chinese sponsorship became a bone of contention after the clashes between the Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh in June. The BCCI had promised to review the deals in the aftermath of the violent showdown. There was nationwide call to boycott China in the wake of the deadly clash in the Galwan valley.

MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma with the IPL trophy (Credits: Twitter)

But the BCCI has decided to retain the Chinese sponsorship. Consequently, VIVO will continue to be the title sponsors of the cash-rich league. In December last year, Vivo retained the title sponsorship of the IPL after submitting a bid of Rs 2,199 crore over the next five years. Vivo had won the rights for IPL title sponsorship for the first time in 2016.

“All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully you can read between the lines,” an IPL GC member was quoted as saying by PTI.

Fans miffed with the decision:

As soon as the IPL GC announced the decision of retaining the sponsors, a huge number of fans took to Twitter to slam the board for the same. #BoycottIPL started trending as the users urged others to boycott the tournament for the Chinese connection.

Here are some of the reactions:

IPL 2020 will have a 53-day window as opposed to the original 57-day schedule. The tournament will start on September 19 and end on November 10. Previous reports suggested that the tournament would end on November 8.

Last month, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had confirmed that the tournament will be played across all 3 venues in the UAE — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, the franchises will be allowed to take a call on where they would want to host their training camps.

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