The BCCI has ended all the speculations surrounding its sponsors especially the Chinese ones ahead of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Speculations were rife over the Chinese sponsorship for IPL due to the recent tension between India and China in the wake of the deadly border clash that took place in July.
Chinese technology company Vivo is currently the title sponsor of the tournament. 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.
However, there was pressure on the BCCI over the Chinese sponsors as the calls to boycott China started across India in the wake of the bloody clash between Indian and Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India had lost 20 of its soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley region. The Chinese side had suffered heavy casualties too.
Taking note of the border skirmish that resulted in the martyrdom of our brave jawans, the IPL Governing Council has convened a meeting next week to review IPL’s various sponsorship deals 🇮🇳
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) June 19, 2020
Just days after that clash, IPL had announced that the Governing Council would have a meeting to take a final call on the matter. Well, the BCCI has given clearance on the speculations surrounding the sponsorship and has confirmed that all sponsors, including the Chinese ones, will continue to partner.
Dates confirmed for IPL 2020:
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.